If it's not about salad right now, then it's about marinades. Taking something simple, adding something simple, and making it even better.
This was a mid-week meal to use up a few vegetables that got bashed in the fridge and needed using, the stripped beef had been in the freezer, and the whole thing was super quick, super easy and very enjoyable. Feeds three substantial portions or four moderate ones.
Stripped beef (reduced to clear) £1.20
2 Peppers £0.66
Soy sauce £0.08
Sesame oil £0.06
Generous spoonful of fresh grated ginger (or a heaped teaspoon of ground) £0.20(fresh)/£0.03 ground
Sprinkle of dark brown sugar or generous squeeze of honey £0.02
Smoked Paprika £0.02
Cayennne pepper £0.03
Total: £0.41 (using fresh ginger) £0.24 (using ground ginger)
Mix marinade ingredients together, ditch meat into it, stir, cover and leave for at least 2 hours. I did mine the night before for convenience.
Chop veg into chunks, heat wok or large pan and once hot, add a splash of vegetable or sesame oil. Chuck in veg and your marinated meat, starting with densest first and soak your noodles boiling water whilst cooking the veg. Once everything looks cooked to taste (I like my veg crunchy and beef to be on the rare side), dump the noodles into the wok/pan (without the water- slotted spoons are the best thing ever) and stir for a minute or so. Serve.
Approximately £1.08 per portion based on 3 large portions, using fresh ginger, costings using ground ginger are above.
P.S. The 3rd portion was my lunch the following day, served chilled it was just as yummy. For more of my lunch inspirations, check THIS post out