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Another Ramen Soup Hack - Make your chicken Ramen into egg drop soup

By Mike Thayer

RamenRamen soup, it's cheap, it's a budget food, a single-person's food, a plan 'B' food, a college dorm food, a don't-know-what-else-to-have-so-this-will-have-to-do food...

Don't just make it per the package instructions, liven things up!

Make a quick egg drop soup.

Prepare the Ramen chicken soup as normal....   Add a dash of garlic powder, a dash of black pepper and a green onion, rough chopped.  Beat an egg slightly and slowly pour it into the hot soup, stirring clockwise for about a minute.

And there you have it, Ramen egg drop soup.....

I like to add a bit of Louisiana Hot Sauce to mine.  Enjoy




Stretching your food dollar until payday

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Stretch dollarPayday isn't for another couple days and you've got just a few bucks in your wallet....  What are you going to eat over the next few days?

Been there, done that.

That's why it's SO important to have a well stocked pantry, to be able to make and eat good food until that next paycheck hits the bank account.

When you've got cash in your pocket, there are those times when it's tempting and all too easy to stop at that convenient fast food joint or order a pizza.....  Don't do it.  Head to the grocery store instead.   Invest that money you are tempted to spend on junk food, on stocking up your pantry instead.   Investing in pantry items is like money in the bank, when those lean $ days hit, you have no frets about how you're going to feed yourself.

Regular readers know that I've written about the importance of having a well stocked pantry and what to put in it before.  If you're new to this site, or you wish to review that pantry list, you can read up on that here: 

Bachelor on the Cheap: Essential must haves for stocking your pantry and fridge

When you're short on bucks, it's nice to be able to just reach into the pantry and fridge/freezer and pull out some ingredients to make a pot of chili, or put together some kind of chicken dish for example.   There's no reason to worry about what you're going to eat with just three simple planning steps.

STEP 1:  Every time you are tempted to eat fast food or order a pizza, head to the grocery store instead, $7 spent on a burger and fries goes WAY farther at the grocery store....  You know this, so to borrow a line from Nike, "Just do it."  Invest your money in the ability to create multiple meals, not just one (fast food) or two (pizza).

STEP 2:    If you don't like to cook, learn.  This is a life skill, heck, a survival skill.  Know how to feed yourself, don't depend on others to do it for you.  Side benefit:  Family, friends and more importantly that special someone, likes that skill in you.  If you already know how to cook, kudos, go to Step 3.

STEP 3:  Meal plan and grocery shop based on what you have and/or don't have in your pantry.  These things go hand in hand.  Knowing what you want to eat and having it at the ready = making it happen.

Yes, it's that simple.  Buying a pizza typically costs around $20 and that's two meals, maybe three, tops.  Spending $20 at the grocery store gets you a variety of canned and/or dried goods; soups, vegetables, meats, etc., that you can have on hand to create a number of some rather tasty meals with. 

Invest in a pantry, it's 'food' money in the bank.

Poor Man's Loose Meat Wrap

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Regular readers know that I'm all about making something that's quick, easy to prepare but tastes delicious. 

This dish has all those elements and it's also easy on the wallet, this is after all, a Bachelor on the Cheap recipe.


  • One pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • The juice from one lime
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • A package of tortillas


Heat up a skillet over medium heat and brown the ground beef, drain and set aside.  Keeping a little bit of that hamburger grease in the pan, saute the onion, green bell pepper and carrots until the veggies get soft, about five minutes.  Add the browned burger, garlic, seasoning salt and black pepper, stir to incorporate, reduce heat to simmer, add the lime juice and let all those flavors marry for another 2-3 minutes.  Serve the mixture in a tortilla topped with cheddar cheese.  The cheese will melt nicely in the wrap.  Serving Option:  After putting the wrap together, put it in the pan, turning occasionally until it's golden brown and delicious on all sides.

It's another does of YUM!