My husband was coming home from lunch and I wanted to make him something simple but different than anything I have made before. Low cost and healthy? Yes it can be done!
Here is what you will need but feel free to substitute with what you have or to your own dietary needs.
1 lb Whole Wheat Organic Pasta
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Organic Red Pepper Flakes
4 Organic Green Onion Chopped
1/4 cup Organic Sesame Tahini
3 tbsp Rice Vinegar
3 tbsp Liquid Aminos
pinch of Sesame Seeds
3 tbsp water if using left over pasta
Boil the pasta as instructions state. Once boiled strain them and let them cool off in the pot. In a small pan heat up the oil and toss in those red pepper flakes. Let simmer on medium for a minute or two then turn off the heat. Next add in half your green onions, sesame tahini, rice wine vinegar and liquid aminos. This is also where you would add in the water if you were using left over pasta. Once pasta has cooled completely add in the sauce and you're done! Be a little extra fancy and add the rest of the chopped green onion on top for garnish.
Here is my pricing breakdown.
$1.39 organic pasta
25 cents Whole Foods olive oil (totally guessing here because I buy large containers and refill my own bottle)
5 cents red pepper flakes (again guessing)
FREE green onions I picked right from my front yard. Woot!
25 cents sesame tahini (bought from Grocery Outlet $1.99 a jar)
25 cents (guessing again)
25 cents liquid aminos (you guessed it...guessing)
Total-$2.44 give or take since I guessed or should I say was too lazy to remember or calculate how much I paid for those spices etc. But you can see its very low cost to make this dish. In fact this could easily feed 4 people making it 61 cents a person. Now thats FRUGAL!
JUST REMEMBER!!!! This can be altered to anyones preference! Add in some fresh veggies. Serve this cold or hot. Use any type of noodles you want here. Left over rice noodles from last night? Sure toss those in. Want it more spicy? Add more pepper flakes. Too salty? Add less liquid aminos. Don't have liquid minos? Use soy sauce but only use 3 tsp of it. No tahini paste? Try some nut butter. Don't use organic ingredients? Thats whats great about this. use what you have! See the pattern here? Just have fun with it!