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!

How It’s Made: Jerky

If men are preparing any food, the best bet is that we’re cooking meat over an open flame. Because that’s how it should be done. But there is another process another process for preparing meat–drying–produces equally delicious results, even if no one gets to fire up their grill. This is Jerky.

By definition, Jerky is lean meat  trimmed of fat, cut into strips, and then dried– to prevent spoilage. Meat forever. Delicious. All Day.

But don’t be fooled, making it can be as complicated as brewing beer or as simple asgrilling a steak. At its core, the process consists of three steps:

  1. Find some lean meat (because fat doesn’t dry and will go rancid)
  2. Add salt, salt, and more salt. Oh and a dash of salt. 
  3. Dry .

However, this seemingly simple process allows for unique complexities at every stage. Some jerky makers prefer to use a less-lean meat for moister jerky, while others will basically dry pure muscle.

The second stage is where most jerky gains its flavor–jerky dryers will add in anything from sugars and spices to beer and chili peppers. This stage is where science, ingenuity, and a good nose come into play, moving jerky from just a salted meat into the realm of a delicious marinated steak. The chemistry and basics behind this process is trial and error and eventually you will uncover your flavor.

Even the drying stage allows for a great variety. Home jerky makers are certainly familiar with a basic food dehydrator, which can produce a quick and easy jerky. However, larger operations tend to use massive drying ovens. Another more traditional method–smoking–preserves it’s flavor best, but is also much more difficult.

No matter how you cut it, we can all agree that jerky deserves a top spot in the hierarchy of manly foods.

If you need inspiration for your Jerky, check out the Slaughterhouse crate… over a pound of the best jerky around. Guaranteed. http://www.mancrates.com/jerkygrams

 

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.