For fellow students living off campus, missing out on exotic but comfortable food from West Union is one of the biggest challenges. If you’re missing Tandoor like I am, check out these ethnic but safe recipes:
Rice and beans
These rice and beans are exactly what they sound like: rice and beans. This meal has everything you’re looking for in an ethnic meal: it has rice and it has beans. This dish is a perfect base for any spices that you like such as salt and pepper. Go crazy!
Ingredients: minute rice, can of refried beans
2 minute prep time, 2 minute cook time
Place Minute Microwavable Ready to Serve cup of rice in the microwave, and cook for one minute
Open can of refried beans, and place on top of rice
Heat for another minute, and allow to cool
Vegan pad thai
This Vegan pad thai has none of the ingredients that you would typically find in a pad thai, but has all of the authentic pad thai taste! I went to Thailand once, so I would know.
Ingredients: rice noodles, vegetable oil, tofu, soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, lime juice, hot sauce, carrots, green onions, lime, cilantro, peanuts, bean sprouts
10 minute prep time, 20 minute cook time
Slice carrots, chop onions, cilantro, and peanuts
Cook noodles by boiling for one minute, drain and rinse,
Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl
Fry the tofu in oil over medium heat until all sides are golden brown
Add noodles, sauce, and vegetables to pan with tofu
Sprinkle with peanuts and serve immediately
If you’re looking for that dish no one else knows about, look no further than the egg roll. A deep-fried Asian burrito of sorts, the egg roll is one of those secret menu items at Chinese restaurants. Order them to surprise your friends with your cultural knowledge, or make them at home with this simple recipe!
Ingredients: Frozen Spring rolls from PF. Chang’s
2 minute prep time, 14 minute cook time
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Remove egg rolls from carton and inner wrapper
Place on baking sheet 1 in ch apart
Heat for 14 minutes until crispy and golden brown
Allow to cool for one minute
Beef taco hot pocket
It’s almost impossible to find truly authentic Latin American food, so this hot pocket comes as a pleasant surprise for those of us who are well acquainted with ethnic cultures. It encapsulates so many ethnic flavors, like cumin and the other ones.
Ingredients: Beef taco hot pocket
2 minute prep time, 3 minutes cook time
Unwrap the hot pocket, insert it into the crisping sleeve, and place on a paper plate
Heat sandwich for 2 minutes and 15 seconds
Allow to cool for two minutes