You know how there’s that joke going around town (back in 1985) about how poor college kids are so poor they live on ramen noodles? Because a package of ramen noodles is like 25 cents… for serious! I ain’t saying they’re the nutritioni-est sustenance in the United States of Collegehood, but when push comes to shove, there are actually about 67 bajillion different things you can make with the suckers! I have to stay away from the flavor packet they include… A. because they don’t have any vegetarian flavors and 2. because one of those things has enough sodium to salt the sea on a Tuesdee. For some reason last week when I was making my menu for the week, I had this craving for Spaghettio’s. HUH!?!? I don’t even think I ate Spaghettio’s when I was 5 all that much. You crave weird things when you’re stressed I guess. So, I came across this recipe for something called “Kicked Up Skettio’s” and I went to town! That’s a lie… I didn’t go to town… I stayed home and vegetated instead.
You use ramen and then mix a can of Healthy Request tomato soup after you drain the liquid off and then add some hot sauce and a bit of cheese. It was pretty tastee for 5-year-old food… said the 30-some-odd-year-old chic with fruit loops on the brain.
For dinner on 5-year-old food day, I wanted tacos! I classed these suckers up a bit and instead made a taco-like salad… with a twist, yo! Black Bean and Veggie Tacos with Zesty Lime Slaw… try saying that 8 times with a taco in your mouth!
YUM!! There were a lot of components to this particular dish… and by a lot I mean like 2… but that’s a lot for faux-5-year-old girl with a wedgie! I combined components 2 and 3 to make it easier on myself… but holy hallelujah these were tastee! The combination of different flavors… the spiciness of the bean/potato/veggie mixture with the cool limey flavor of the slaw and the crunch of the taco shell (that I smooshed up and put on the plate rather than try to eat it as an actual taco like a civilized adult)… glorious! I will be making this recipe again.
Dessert time! Did y’all know they make sugar-free brownie mixes these days? And I gotta say… still tastee! Especially if you warm up some frozen raspberries… I like to warm mine up so far that they’re kind of mushy and then I spread them around on the top of the brownie like jam and add some lite cool whip… because I’m addicted to Cool Whip! Chocolatey-raspberry-sugar-free goodness! Bring it!
Question of the Day: Do you ever eat Ramen noodles? Any favorite recipes?