Stretching meals

July 13, 2010 —

I’ve spent so much money on spices without finding a go-to combination of spice so I’ve resulted to another ultimate lazy meal. You think you get a good meal out of ramen noodles? Try making it into TWO meals.

What I’ve done is saving the broth and cooking up another batch of noodles (try egg noodles or mung bean noodles to change it up – the Double Dragon grocery store on 2nd Ave. has a wide selection of noodles) making it meal #2. I really don’t drink the broth and just need it to soak some of the flavor for the noodles, so I do this a lot and it saves me so much time. Give it a kick with some frozen veggies and left-over meat.

Any pointers on stretching a meal?

Tea Nguyen is a dual degree D.P.M./M.P.H. student at DMU. She was born in Utah but raised in California and left the great state to be at one of the best podiatry school in the country.

She has aspirations in international medical service trips and hopes to hit several continents during this lifetime. Traveling is also on the top of her to-do list and she often reminisces about her prior travels to Italy, France and Greece. She also enjoys eating adventures with her boyfriend Paul and is a major food-snacker. It is not uncommon to find her lapsed in a food coma in the middle of her studies.


  • Kelli

    I like using the broth the next day in the crock pot. Just throw in a small roast or chicken, add a little water & a little spices and it makes a great “soup” for the meat to cook in and gives it good flavor. Also, if we do ham for dinner, I like saving some and cutting it up in tiny cubes and making my husband a breakfast casserole the next morning. Yum! :)

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    Hey Tea..good to hear from you after a long time.This is indeed a very smart move from you.I liked it but unlike you i like the broth too.Nevertheless this option is worth considering when in a situation like yours.Look forward to more such interesting ideas from you.Take care.

  • Rob

    Sounds an interesting idea, might try it more for lunches.

  • Fitness Freak

    Hi tea, thanks for the post. Your froogle idea of making 2 meals out of 1 is a cool idea.

  • Urmi

    Hello Tea.Thanks for sharing this useful tips.Many a times i feel lazy to make something elaborate,so therefore this method can be put to good use.Have a very happy weekend.

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    Tea, thanks for your beautiful blog and outstanding recipes. They will go good to serve when i invite my friends over

  • Virtusync

    Nice to hear from you again after a long time. The title of the post is quite interesting and the recipe too. I appreciate this move and expect some more delicious recipe in the coming days. Have a great time. Bye.

  • Hiya

    this is really cool. I am a student so it will come in handy by splitting the broth in 2 meals.