$10 Meal Challenge: Glazed Pork & Veggie Udon Noodles

Stir-fried noodles, veggies and pork loins combine for a budget-friendly meal

Stir-fried noodles, veggies and pork loins combine for a budget-friendly meal

Here is a tasty $10 meal your family will love. This stir-fried meal is possible only because we had some leftover peppers, cauliflower, ginger and onion in the refrigerator. When you stir-fry these together with inexpensive pork loin and Udon noodles from Cash and Carry you will have plenty of healthy food to eat for under $10.

The trick to putting this meal together requires that you buy an 8 pound pack of pork loin and large packs of Udon noodles. These two items cost a little bit over $20 but you have enough to last for at least four meals or split them with other families.

Here’s how to put this meal together:

  • Remove one pork loin from the bag and cut off 1 pound, slicing it into half-inch cubes.
  • Place the pork loin in a jar together with teriyaki sauce or Yoshida’s marinade and let sit for one hour.
  • Find about 2 cups of vegetables from your refrigerator and slice them into small pieces then set aside.
  • Grate about 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger and combine with two cloves of finely chopped garlic and set aside.
  • Pour 3 tablespoons of canola oil, refined olive oil or grape-seed oil and have it ready to stir-fry.
  • Place 1 pound of Udon noodles in hot water to separate the strands, drain and set aside for stir-frying later.
  • Squeeze the juice from one half of a lemon and  add 1 T sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Now you have all the ingredients ready.

Wipe out your carbon steel wok or your electric wok and heat it up over high heat.

Now you can start “woking” like they did in  our class a few months ago. See the stir-fry class

Be sure to start with hot oil and sauteed garlic then  the meat. cook and set aside.

Next stir-fry the veggies, add a little sugar water and steam until crisp – tender. set aside

Combine a little water and the pre-cooked noodles, steaming until hot. Add meat and veggies to reheat and serve.

To complete the meal we had $3 to spend for egg drop soup, pudding, cabbage salad and green tea. sorry!  not enough money left to buy fortune cookies.

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About Don R

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Retired teacher. Multiple successful business endeavors including screen printing / sporting goods business, executive director of a Boys & Girls Club, commercial fishing, and co-founding an alternative high school. Interests include family, hiking, cooking, Parkinson's research and developing an educational cooking program.