Oodles of Noodles... With Less Energy

Rice Noodle Stir Fry

As you may know, all of us here at SDCHM are committed to saving energy.  This summer we teamed up with SDG&E to help share our tips and inspire our neighbors out there to Flex Your Power and Reduce Your Use.  These tips help save the planet, save you money, and can help prevent dreaded blackouts in our fair city.
This week we’re talking about food.  On the menu, a Rice Noodle Stir Fry.  Fresh veggies, a little tofu, and some brown rice noodles.  Healthy, sure, but here’s the real treat:  I saved energy by only boiling the noodles for two minutes.  Impossible you say?  Read on for this week’s energy-saving tip. 

Traditionally, most dried, prepackaged noodles take anywhere from 7 to 15 minutes on boil to cook all the way through.  However, by boiling the noodles for just a few minutes and trapping the heat inside by covering the pot, you can actually “cook” your noodles and get the same results as if you boiled them based on the package’s instructions.  

Here’s how I did it: Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and drop in the noodles.  Boil the noodles with the burner on high for one to two minutes, then cover the pot, and turn off the burner.  Let the pot sit for 12 to 20 minutes and presto, you have cooked noodles. “Cooking” times will vary based on the style of noodles you choose.  I used “spaghetti-style” noodles and 18 minutes was just right.  It even gave me time to prep and cook the tofu and veggies. The result, a healthy, delicious, energy-saving dinner.

Do you have an energy-saving tip or a favorite noodle recipe to share?  Post your ideas on our Facebook page.  We love to hear from you!


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