Curry Peanut Butter Ramen Recipe

Curry Peanut Butter ramen one of my favorite weeknight meals. So easy and yummy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Today’s recipe is something I through together a few times a month. It’s so flexible and fast plus I almost always have everything on hand. Not only that but it’s super yummy and satisfying. We call it fancy ramen in our house and there are a few different versions but today I’m sharing my curry peanut butter ramen.

This recipe serves 2 adults but it’s easy to add more. Also I’ve halved it before by just breaking the noodles in half and using only half a pack of noodles/seasoning pack. When you have a bit of left over meat just chop it up, throw it into a baggie and stick it in the freezer for this meal!

Curry Peanut Butter Ramen Recipe

Yummy spin on ramen. Curry Peanut Butter version. Great for cleaning out the fridge - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients

  • 1 Pack Ramen (I like the chicken flavored kind)
  • 1/2 C chopped vegetables (I usually use frozen broccoli or carrots and zucchini)
  • 1/2 C chopped meat (left over rotisserie chicken, beef really anything works)
  • 2 soft boiled eggs
  • 1 heaping TBS Peanut Butter (or more to taste)
  • 1-2 TBS Curry powder (to taste since the intensity of curry powders vary)

Put all ingredients except the eggs into a pot and cover with water. Boil until everything is cooked through and the noodles are to your preferred tenderness. Taste and add more seasoning or peanut butter if desired. Divide into bowls and serve topped with egg. So easy right?

One of my favorite weeknight meals. Curry Peanut Butter Ramen recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

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 Each month we incorporate one main ingredient into recipes to share with you and this month that ingredient is a classic family favorite…PEANUT BUTTER! Don’t forget to check out the other awesome peanut butter recipes for the month.

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30 Quick and Easy Neighbor Gift Ideas and Reindeer Bait Snack Mix Recipe

Hey friends I’m excited to announce that I have teamed up with 29 crazy talented and creative bloggers to share some awesome neighbor gift ideas. Be sure to check out all the fun quick and easy neighbor gift ideas below and visit everyone’s blogs for more details.

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For my contribution to the neighbor gift fun I made a SUPER easy and cute treat! I call it Reindeer Bait and it’s easy enough that you can get the kiddos involved in whipping up a batch!

Reindeer Bait Snack Mix Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Reindeer Bait Snack Mix Recipe

Ingredients

  • Flat Pretzels
  • White Chocolate or White Candy Melts
  • Crisco
  • Red, White and Green Sprinkles
  • Mini Candy Canes

Melt the chocolate/candy melts with a small amount of crisco in the microwave. I do about 1 C of melts to 1 tsp crisco. Zap for 30 seconds then stir and then zap/stir in increments of 10 seconds until the melts are 80% melted. At that point you just want to stir until they all melt or else you run the risk of scorching them. Then just dip an edge of the pretzel in and while the candy is still wet lay on some wax paper and shake on the sprinkles. I like to line a jellyroll pan with wax paper to minimize the amount of stray sprinkles.

Super cute and easy Christmas snack mix - Rae Gun Ramblings

Add a few mini candy canes throw it in a cute box or bag tie it with a bow and you’ve got a quick and easy neighbor gift, or treat if you’re entertaining! Now don’t forget about all the other awesome neighbor gift ideas from my blogger friends!

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Our Thrifty Ideas – Soda Tags Neighbor Gift | Dessert Now Dinner Later – Muddy Buddy Popcorn | Pretty Providence – Treat Pops | Blooming Homestead – Cookie Decorating Kit

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Frenchi Wraps – Yummy Bars | Yesterday on Tuesday – Cookie Mix | The Happy Scraps – Homemade treat packaging | Over The Big Moon – Pepper Jelly

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

Just Us Four – Paleo Pumpkin Granola w/ Tag  | Wait Til Your Father Gets Home – Rudolph Ornament | Happiness Is Homemade – Holiday Cookie Dough Tag | Cupcake Diaries – Twizzlers Holiday Tag

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

One Artsy Mama – Crochet Gift Card Pouch | Reasons to Skip the Housework – Hot Cocoa Set | Made to Be a Mama – Dishes Gift Set | Lets Eat Grandpa – Easy to Sew Pot Holder

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Dukes and Duchesses – Home for the Holidays Cocoa Gift | See Vanessa Craft – Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub | Carissa Miss – For Your Mistletoes | Occasionally Crafty – Salsa Neighbor Gift

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Simply Designing – Mulling Spices | Domestically Speaking – Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie + Printable | Creations By Kara – Christmas Bread Wrapper | Frog Prince Paperie – Luminary Kit | Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke – The Gift of Dishes

Neighbor Gift Ideas for Christmas time

 Giggles Galore – Homemade Vanilla | One Krieger Chick – Playdough in a Jar | Food Folks and Fun – DIY Coasters Gift Set | My Craftily Ever After – Printable Neighbor Gift Bags | Rae Gun Ramblings – Neighbor Gift Treat

 

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Avocado Maple Pecan Salad Recipe

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve been trying to be good and get more veggies in. It’s not that I don’t like veggies but I forget they are in my fridge. I like to joke that my house is where vegetables come to die. But I’ve learned that if I buy a big box of spinach I can use it up for salads both meal sized and sides, in stuff like my favorite Zupa Toscana Soup or as sides like in my yummy Lemon Wilted Spinach.  But today I’m sharing a new favorite my Avocado Maple Pecan Salad. I’ve been eating different variations of it non-stop.

Maple Pecan Salad - Rae Gun Ramblings

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe

  • Baby Spinach
  • Maple Candied Pecans (recipe below)
  • Red Grapes
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Cooked Chicken (optional if you want it to be a meal)

Start by making your maple candied pecans. Toss spinach with the balsamic dressing. Finish by topping with red grapes halved, crumbled goat cheese, avocado, and chicken.

Maple Candied Pecan Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Maple Candied Pecan Recipes

  • 1/8 C Maple Syrup
  • Pecan Halves
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar

Heat the maple syrup until bubbling but do not allow to burn. Cook for a few minutes. Stir in pecan halves. Turn off heat and stir in sugar. Mix well. Then spread on a parchment lined cook sheet and bake at 250 F for 1 hr making sure to stir every 15 mins. Allow to cool fully on wax paper.

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love this as a side salad or with some cooked chicken add to make a yummy meal salad.

Maple Pecan Salad Recipe - Rae GUn Ramblings

Need some other recipe ideas? Here are some of my favorite recipes!

Rae Gun Ramblings Recipes

Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Recipe | Eclair Cake | Cauliflower Mash | Cinnaburst Bread

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Kielbasa and Sweet Potato Hash Recipe and 50 Easy Weeknight Meals!

Love this recipe I make it all the time. Fast sweet potato hash.  - Rae Gun Ramblings

Is it just me or does it seem like Fall gets SUPER BUSY? I mean I know for me it’s my busiest time of year but it seems even friends and family seem to have less time with school going back and holidays creeping up. So really who can’t use some easy weeknight meals this time of year right? I’ve teamed up with a ton of blogger friends to bring you guys 50 Easy Easy Weeknight Meal. My contribution is a super easy and satisfying Kielbasa Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash recipe that I whip up all the time.

Great list of unique and yummy easy weeknight meals  - Rae Gun Ramblings

All of these recipes look so delicious I can’t wait to try them out. To get to each of the other recipes scroll to the bottom of this post. But before that here is how I make my easy peasy hash.

One of my favorite weeknight meals. Sweet potato and sausage hash. so easy and yummy recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings.com

Kielbasa and Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1/2 pack kielbasa sausage cut in slices
  • 2 eggs
  • steak seasoning

Directions

  1. Spray your large pan or wok with some spray oil and sautee the sausage and potatoes just to brown the edges. Season with steak seasoning and any other seasoning you desire.
  2. Add about 1/2 c of water and allow to cook in the water until the potatoes are tender. Sometimes I have to add more water. Stir occasionally.
  3. Poach (or fry) 2 eggs and serve on top of your has.

Super easy and yummy one pan sweet potato and kielbasa has - Rae Gun Ramblings

So easy right? And this is such a yummy comfort food sort of meal. I’ve done it with all kinds of different types of sausages and seasonings for different flavors. This recipe serves 2 adults but can be easily increased!

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Harvest Munch Mix Recipe

Great snack mix perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving - Rae Gun Ramblings

You guys know I get crazy busy around this time of year, with all the costume orders. In order to keep from missing out on the fun I’ve had to make some good quick recipes and today’s Harvest Munch Mix is perfect for throwing together when you want a quick yummy snack. I’ve had it sitting out the last week and my family has been picking away at it as they come to help me sew, hold the baby or just make sure we’re surviving the costume chaos.

Quick and easy snack mix for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving - Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s SO easy to make your own. You can make Marble Chocolate Dipped Pretzels or just do regular dipped ones to save time. My nieces LOVED helping me dip the pretzels. After you let them dry then all you have to do is mix them with a bag of Harvest candy corn, you know the kind with the pumpkins and you’re good to go!

Harvest and Halloween Munch Mix perfect for any Fall get together - Rae Gun Ramblings

I like to think the ones with black candy melts are little bats and the white ones are ghosts but this would be great for Thanksgiving too you could use browns and oranges instead of blacks and whites! You could even throw in some other treats or maybe nuts to make it all your own. I told you easy!

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Quick and Easy Apricot Hand Pie Recipe

apricot hand pies (with vegan option) by Rae Gun Ramblings

These days I need food that I can make and eat quick. Between trying to get all my Halloween costume orders made and juggling a baby that wants to be held a lot this easy Apricot Hand Pie Recipe fits the bill perfectly. Plus it’s great for using up all those delicious apricots. Oh and here’s a secret they are naturally

how to make delicious apricot hand pies - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients

  • 1 Sheet Puff Pastry
  • 6 apricots halved (fresh, frozen, canned any will work)
  • 6 TBS cream cheese (or if you want to make it vegan you can use Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese)
  • 3 tsp brown sugar

Yummy and quick apricot hand pie recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Directions

  1. Thaw the puff pastry. And cut into thirds  (I just cut down the fold lines).
  2. Smear on 2 TBS cream cheese to half of each piece of puff pastry.
  3. Top with 2 apricots each (so 4 halves).
  4. Sprinkle each with 1 tsp brown sugar.
  5. Fold over and press closed with the ends of a fork.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm or room temperature.

scrumptious apricot turnovers - Rae Gun Ramblings

These are so quick and easy they are perfect for new mamas or anyone who is in need of something yummy and fast. Want a few other yummy recipes? Well here you go :)

Rae Gun Ramblings Recipes

Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Recipe | Eclair Cake | Cauliflower Mash | Cinnaburst Bread

Super easy and delicious apricot hand pie recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

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How to Make Marble Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

 Quick method for DIY Marble Dipped Pretzels - Rae Gun Ramblings

I have a new obsession, those flat pretzels. They are so addictive. We’ve used them for yummy cheese balls but also for sweet stuff. It’s the time of year where things start flying buy and I don’t know about you but I’m always needing a snack or treat.

How to make marble chocolate dipped pretzels the easy way - Rae Gun Ramblings

So today I’m showing you how to make pretty marble chocolate dipped pretzels. It is so easy and you can use any combo of colors to have it match with your party, favorite sport team, or holiday.

THe Night Circus inspired marble dipped chocolate pretzels recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I did black and white which I think has an elegant Halloween vibe to it as well as a great The Night Circus feel. If you haven’t read the Night Circus it’s one of my all time favorite books. It’s magical but in this very non-traditional way. It’s got all the awesome aspects of the circus and it’s just a beautiful story. Everything at the circus is black and white so these pretzels fit right in.

The best way to make marble dipped chocolate pretzels - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Candy Melts (2 colors)
  • Crisco
  • Pretzels
  • Tooth pick
  • Wax Paper

Put your candy melts in two bowls (keep the colors separate at this step). Add about a 1/2 tsp of Crisco to each bowl and microwave. Start with 30 seconds. Stir and then repeat in 10 minute increments. Stop when your melts are 80% melted and just stir and the rest will melt. In a third bowl or shallow dish ad some of each color and swirl with a tooth pick. I like to do it in small amounts so it doesn’t get too mixed and turn into just one blended color. Then quickly dip your pretzels.  Place on wax paper to dry.

Delicious and easy marble dipped chocolate pretzels. Super easy party idea - Rae Gun Ramblings

 

I’m sharing this as a part of the Foodie Extravaganza!

Welcome to the Foodie Extravaganza!  

We are a group of bloggers who love to blog about food!  Each month we will decide on an all-famous National Monthly Food Holiday in which we will base our recipes around. This month the ingredient is pretzels with an optional ingredient of caramel.  Yes, October is National Pretzel Month along with a whole array of other delightful things!! Get excited!! We hope you all enjoy our delicious pretzel treats this month and come back to see what we bring for you next month.  If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.

Great collection of homemade pretzel recipes - Rae Gun Ramblings

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What’s For Dinner: 20 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas

 Easy weeknight dinners

I’m in survival mode. I currently have over 250 pending Halloween orders and it’s not even October yet! By the way if you’ve been wanting to order one of my baby and toddler Halloween costumes the prices go up on Monday so hop to it! But all that is to say that food is going to be a lot of easy quick meals. The past few months we’ve been eating out SO much, over eating and just eating pretty unhealthy stuff. Now that Teddy has started to be a little more independent (you know like he’ll actually play in the exersaucer for 10 minutes!) and sleeping better (only wakes up 3 times a night) I feel a bit more sane and need to reign our eating back in line. So here’s the plan for this next month 20 easy weeknight dinner ideas.

  1. Baked Chicken and Two Potatoes
  2. Lemon Cream Fish, Mashed Potatoes, and Peas
  3. Chicken Sausage with Mushroom Risotto and Lemon Wilted Spinach
  4. Open Face Chicken Pot Pie
  5. Crock Pot Lasagna Soup and Parmesan Dinner Rolls
  6. Potato and Sausage Soup
  7. Curry Ramen
  8. Bacon and Eggs Rice
  9. Chicken and Artichoke Alfredo
  10. Cauliflower Crab Mac and Cheese
  11. Mediterranean Egg Rolls and Salad
  12. Corned Beef and Mashed Potatoes
  13. Mushroom Bisque
  14. Chili Cheese Pigs in a Blanket
  15. Pork Street Tacos
  16. Chili and Cornbread
  17. Curry Lentil Soup and Naan
  18. Chicken and Waffles
  19. Chicken Cobb Salad
  20. Tomato Bisque and Bacon Apple Grilled Cheese

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Lemon Quinoa Zucchini Salad Recipe

Fast and delicious quinoa salad with zucchini. I've made this a ton and it's very good. - Rae Gun Ramblings

Do you have a BBQ to go to this weekend or an over abundance of Zucchini? I have a ridiculously easy and yummy recipe to share with you today: Lemon Quinoa Zucchini Salad. There are a few reason I’m in love with this recipe right now. First, it’s really fast to make and keeps well for a week in the fridge so even if the baby is a clingy monster all I have to do is pop a bowl in the microwave and I can still eat something satisfying.

Lemon Zucchini Quinoa Salad Recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Second, this is a great side for hauling to BBQ’s or throwing with any easy protein for dinner. Everyone seems to love it and if you end up having some left over it keeps really well.

Lemon Zucchini Garbonzo Bean Quinoa Salad Recipe

Finally, it’s dairy free and if you leave out the chicken it’s vegan so when I wasn’t eating dairy I didn’t feel like I was missing anything unlike a lot of the things I’d been eating.

Quinoa Salad Recipe

Delicious and fast zucchini quinoa salad recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • 1 Box Rosemary Olive Oil Quinoa Blend (or 2/3 C plain quinoa)
  •  2/3 C Cous Cous
  • 3 1/2 C Water
  • 3 Zucchinis
  • 2 Cans Garbonzo Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2-5 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2 TBS Lemon Juice
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • 1 Chicken Breast, chopped (optional)
  1. Cut zucchinis into bite sized pieces, saute and season with garlic salt. Set aside
  2. Combine quinoa, cous cous, water and 2 TBS olive oil in a microwave proof container. Microwave on high for 6 minutes covered. Allow to stand 5 minutes then fluff with a fork.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients together and add olive oil and garlic salt to desired taste and texture.

 My new go to side. Yummy and easy lemon zucchini quinoa salad recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

This makes quite a bit usually I half everything but I thought it might be weird to tell you to do half a box of quinoa (since that would be half the seasoning pack etc.) I use a full recipe when I take this to share at BBQ’s and potlucks and half a recipe for when I’m making it for myself for a week worth of lunches.

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Peach Donuts Recipe The Donut Man Knock-Off

These peach donuts are so yummy and easy. Definitely a new favorite recipe. at Rae Gun Ramblings

One of the first places I was taken as a college freshman in Southern California was to the 24 hour donut shop The Donut Man. Throughout my college years and every time we’re back in the area I make a point of enjoying their tasty donuts. One of my favorites is their peach filled donut. I decided to no longer fight the craving and make my own Peach Donut Recipe inspired by The Donut Man.

Delicious peach donut recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you missed my basic donut recipe donuts are surprisingly easy to make. Just find some ripe peaches and you’re good to go. You can tweak this recipe to be dairy free or even vegan just use egg and dairy substitutes (I’ve done it before and it works well).

I used these tasty donut peaches just because it’s what they had at my market and now I get the perk of double donuts in this recipe. But really any peaches will work great. I wanted to lighten the recipe so I decided not to glaze the fruit but you can easily glaze the fruit (which makes them more like The Donut Man ones). To do that just toss the peaches in the same glaze that’s used on the donut part.

Love this peach donut recipe. Quick and easy. at Rae Gun Ramblings

Peach Donut Recipe

Donut Dough Recipe

  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (or 1 packet)
  • 2 TBS warm water
  • 3/4 C lukewarm rice milk
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp shortening
  • 2 1/2 C AP flour
  • Oil for frying
  1. Proof the yeast in a large bowl by sprinkling over warm water and letting sit for 5 minutes or more.  If it’s not foamy your yeast might be too old or your water might have been too hot and killed them.
  2. Add milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening, and 1.5 C flour. Mix on low. Slowly add in flour 1/2 a cup at a time until your dough starts to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Knead for a few more minutes.
  3. Turn dough out spray the bowl with spray oil and put the dough back in the bowl covered to rise. Set in a warm place until it doubles in size. I put it on my front porch and it took about 30 minutes in 90F weather.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. You can use either a circle cookie cutter or glass cup.
  5. Heat oil to 300 F and fry donuts flipping to get both sides golden. Pay attention they brown very fast!
  6. While they are still warm glaze the donuts

Glaze Recipe

  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  1. Melt earth balance over low heat.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  3. While the donuts are still warm dip in the glaze. I like to dip both sides. The donut dough is not very sweet you need the glaze to get a good flavor.
  4. Top with sprinkles or other decorations.

Note: if you plan on glazing the peaches then you’ll want to double the glaze recipe.

Once glaze is dry cut in half with a serrated knife and fill with peaches. You’ll need about 6 peaches.

Peach filled Donuts just like the famous Donut Man recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

Foodie Extravaganza

I’m excited to be sharing this recipe in part with the Foodie Extravaganza ! The Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient into recipes to share with you and this month that ingredient is one of my favorite summertime treats…PEACHES!

Be sure to check out the rest of these perfect peach recipes!

Perfect Peach Treats

Peach & Blue Cheese Prosciutto Bruschetta by Keep it Simple, Sweetie

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler by From Gate to Plate

Peach Mousse by Love in the Kitchen

Peach Orange Banana Smoothie by We Like to Learn as We Go

Peach Almond Cake by My Creative Days

Raspberry Peach Smoothie by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Peach Donuts by Rae Gun Ramblings

Peaches & Cream Dessert Bars by The Freshman Cook

Fresh Peach Salsa by Rhubarb and Honey

Skinny Vegan Peach Coffee Cake by Baking in Pyjamas

Pistachio Peach Pie Pops (not pictured) by Pantry Friendly Cooking

Like these? Be sure to stop by next month to catch the next fun ingredient! If you would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you!

Great The Donut Man peach donut knock-off recipe. Super yummy at Rae Gun Ramblings

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