Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Stretching My Food Dollars With A Disc Of Noodles

My family is part of a backpack program through our school district. It is for families who need extra help with snacks and lunch. Every Thursday the kids come home with a backpack filled with various items, apples, juice, oatmeal, snack crackers, fruit snacks, soup, and microwavable pasta.

The kids take turns carrying the extra heavy bag home and love putting the items away once they get home but neither of them will eat the soup. I have been stocking it in my pantry trying to think of a way to use it. They are very good to us and I refuse to not use the items they send home for my family.

Last week I opened two of them, I know they have a lot of salt, 1190 mg to be exact. So I soak them for about 8 hours draining them every so often.

I strained them two times allowing the water to just rinse off any seasonings and salt.

Next I added a tablespoon of olive oil to a pan.

And added mushrooms, broccoli and spinach and pepper.

After that, I tossed the noodles in giving

 Giving it a little stir before dumping it in the plate. It was delicious!!

These noodles are not one of the best options for dinner but many college students and folks just starting out use them all the time because they are really inexpensive. So far I have used them with tomato sauce and a homemade peanut sauce, if you have a healthier option, I would love to hear it.

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