Bachelor Recipes – Ramen Pad Thai

Probably the hardest part about being single and living alone is remembering that you are actually responsible for feeding yourself. Whether it’s forgetting to eat or forgetting to buy groceries, single dudes have it rough. So whenever I run across a great recipe online that doesn’t require excessive shopping/prepping/ cooking/cleaning, I get pretty excited.

Cooking for One- don't mind if I do
Cooking for One- don’t mind if I do

The other day I hit the jackpot. Reddit user IronRectangle shared his version of the poor man’s Pad Thai. I of course tried it first and it may be the greatest inexpensive and quick meal since the McDouble.

The ingredients are simple and cheap. Top Ramen, peanut butter, Sriracha, and three eggs. I picked up a box of 24 packets of ramen for under $5 at my local grocery store and the peanut butter and Sriracha will last ages. As for the eggs, if you buy them in a 6-pack you’ll definitely eat them before they expire.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Boil 2 cups of water
  2. Add the Top Ramen packet. Toss the seasoning, that stuff sucks
  3. Set timer to 3:33 for the noodles because you don’t have time for more than one button.
  4. When the timer goes off, leave the heat on high.
  5. Crack 3 eggs directly into the water, one at a time, stirring them into the noodles.
  6. Finish cooking until eggs look done (1-2 min. max)
  7. Unless you’re a communist who likes soupy ramen, drain the water
  8. Add a large dollop of peanut butter and let it melt on the noodles for a minute.
  9. Mix in peanut butter, and then begin to add Sriracha to taste.

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You did it! For probably under $.50 you just made a pretty substantial AND relatively nutritious meal! I’ve made it about a dozen times now and I can do the whole process in under five minutes. Even better, total cleanup is a pot, a bowl, and a spoon.

Have a Bachelor Recipe of your own? Share it with us in the comments below!

The Secret Subway Menu: Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Footlongs

Subway sandwiches are an American institution. With more than 38,000 locations worldwide, it’s not hard for a guy to satisfy his craving for a “footlong” whenever such desire hits.

But if you’re like me and love Subway because it is just the right balance of healthy, affordable, and convenient that fulfills a man’s dinner needs, you might find yourself getting bored with the chain’s standard menu offerings, falling into the rut of always getting the same sandwich, on the same bread, with the same toppings. If that’s the case, let me share some tips for how you can “hack Subway” and rediscover your love for eating fresh, all over again.

1) The Secret Menu

Ok. Subway’s secret menu isn’t as robust as the famed secret menu at In-N-Out burger, but there are some items on Subway’s menu that aren’t posted above the cash register that your sandwich artist will happily make for you if you ask. The most popular of these items is likely the pizza sub, an item that actually recently was featured by Subway as a monthly “$5 Foot-long” but is not on the menu in many locations. The pizza sub combines pepperoni, marinara sauce, and your choice of cheese to give the closest replication to pizza you’ll get at Subway without actually ordering one of their pizzas. A Business Insider blurb about secret menu options at various restaurants suggests that Subway’s pizza sub was removed from the regular menu as part of Subway’s effort to market itself as a healthy initiative. To me, that just sounds like Subway is trying to deprive us of flavor.

2) Get Your Sub Toasted, But Do It With The Veggies Too

When you step up to order at Subway, the sandwich artist will ask you what you want, then ask if you want cheese, and finalize his or her inquiry by asking if you want it toasted. When Subway originally introduced toasted subs to its restaurants several years ago, the chain marketed it as doubling the number of options customers had for sandwiches. With this tip, your options are far more than doubled.

Instead of simply getting your meat, cheese, and bread toasted, ask the sandwich artist to place some veggies on the sandwich as well. Sure, certain veggies like lettuce and spinach don’t toast well, but if you’re a fan of peppers (green, banana, or jalapeño) and onions, ask for these items to be added to the sandwich. It’s also a good idea to have a little oil added before toasting so that the natural juices that will be heated off your veggies can have a vehicle to be distributed through the sandwich. Once you get your sandwich with veggies out of the oven, you can then add spinach and/or lettuce, dressings, and any other accoutrements that personalize your hoagie your way.

3) Skinny Up That Bread

Now I know that men don’t always want to be looking over their shoulder at calorie counts, but if you’re looking to slim up a sandwich a little bit, this tip will go a long way: When ordering your bread, ask the sandwich artist to scoop all the fluffy part out of the inside of the bread, leaving just the crust on the outsides of the roll.

This suggestion was given to me by a friend after I ordered a sandwich on flatbread (flatbread, incidentally, is worth a try if you are a traditionalist who has always ordered your sandwiches on a regular roll). My friend told me that I could ask for a regular bun, but have the insides scooped out, and it would be the equivalent of a wheat version of flatbread. Making this request was a revelation, and it’s rare that I order with straight flatbread anymore.

With these three tips, you should be able to shake up your Subway experience for the foreseeable future, keeping your menu options as fresh as restaurants’ ubiquitous tagline.