It can be hard to make home-made meals on a weeknight, especially with your busy schedule. Sometimes it’s far too tempting to throw that frozen pizza into the oven, or call your local Chinese delivery place. You know- the one that (scarily) knows your name and order by heart.
We have comforting news, though: it doesn’t have to be that hard! Making dinner at home is financially smarter as well as healthier than ordering take out or eating tasteless frozen dinners. This week, challenge yourself to make dinner every night. By the end of the week, I bet your stomach and wallet will be grateful.
To start you off, here’s a really simple recipe for Shrimp Pad Thai. It only takes about 30 minutes to prepare (less than the time for that pizza to be delivered!) and it’s made with deliciously fresh ingredients!
Easy Shrimp Pad Thai
Yields 2-3 servings.
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons ketchup (weird, right?)
2 teaspoons worcestershire
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/3 lb. home-style wide noodles (or you can use rice noodles if you’re feel more authentic)
1/2 lb. cooked shrimp (you can use uncooked if you prefer, just be sure to cook longer than I suggest below)
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1/4 lb. brussels sprouts, sliced thin
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 lime for serving
Stir together the first seven ingredients (eight if you are using the red pepper flakes). Set aside. Cook the noodles according to your package directions. You want them a tiny bit under cooked. Next stir fry the bell peppers in a bit of oil until just softened. Now stir in the shrimp and sliced brussels sprouts and cook until the sprouts are bright green, 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Pour on the sauce over the stir fry noodles and cook an additional 5-6 minutes until the sauce has somewhat evaporated/cooked into the other ingredients.
In the last minute of cooking, stir in the peanuts. Top the dish with cilantro.
Serve hot with a few wedges of lime. Don’t like shrimp? Replace with cooked chicken or baked tofu.