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Budget Meals: Vegetarian Rainbow Pad Thai

This budget meal comes together quickly for a weeknight blast of tasty vegetable goodness.


The Recipe

2 tbs vegetable oil
1 medium onion
1 red pepper sliced
1 yellow pepper sliced
1 green pepper sliced
1 large carrot sliced
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup peanuts chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 cup basil leaves
1 cup bean shoots
3 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp chili paste (sambal oelek)
4oz Pad Thai rice noodles


 Add half the vegetable oil to pan
 Add sliced onion and cook until translucent
 Add sliced peppers and carrot, saute until soft
 Set vegetables aside
 Add 1 tsp oil to pan and cook beaten eggs
 Set the cooked egg aside while you make the sauce in the same pan
 Combine the fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and chili paste in the pan
 Stir until combined well
 Add precooked Pad Thai noodles and toss in the hot sauce until coated
 Return vegetables and egg to the pan, toss well
 Turn off heat and add bean shoots, cilantro, basil and chopped peanuts.
 Toss well and serve

Read more: Budget Meals: Black Bean And Butternut Squash Chili

The Finances

This meal came to:
$0.52 Onion
$1.91 Red pepper
$1.79 Yellow pepper
$0.83 Green pepper
$0.23 Carrot
$0.23 Eggs
$0.85 Peanuts chopped
$0.78 Cilantro
$0.49 Basil leaves
$1.79 Bean shoots
$0.14Fish sauce
$0.26 Chili paste (sambal oelek)
$5.78 Pad Thai rice noodles

From the pantry

Vegetable Oil
White Vinegar
Brown sugar
Soy Sauce

Grand Total $15.60

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Budget Meals: Black Bean And Butternut Squash Chili
Southwestern One Pot Chicken Pasta
Andouille, Red beans and Rice
Apricot Chicken
Vietenamese Pho Soup
Hearty And Cheesy Johnny Marzetti Pasta Bake
Budget Meals: Colorful And Tasty Stuffed Peppers
Budget Meals: Chimichurri With Chicken And Grilled Vegetables

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Lori Stratford is the Digital Media Manager at Navicore Solutions. She promotes the reach of Navicore’s financial education to the public through social media and blog content.

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