The $10 Family Dinner That's Not Pasta
Enter this Thai curry shrimp-and-veggies supper. It doesn't cost much to make—because when you've got a pile of fresh bell peppers and sliced mushrooms and a rich sauce of simmered red-curry paste and coconut milk, you don't need much protein to round out the meal. This recipe uses just a half-pound of shrimp (which will run you about $4) and serves four people. Served on top of jasmine rice, it's a hearty and nutritious dinner.
You can easily customize it with any cut vegetable, from zucchini coins to eggplant slices to carrot matchsticks. If you're not a fan of shrimp, you can use thinly sliced chicken, pork or beef (just add a minute or so to the cooking time to make sure your protein is cooked through). Firm tofu cubes work, too.
The dish can even be turned into a soup; just add two cups of chicken broth and serve with transparent mung-bean noodles—for those nights when you do feel like pasta, after all.
Get the recipe: Thai Shrimp Curry and Rice