Cleaning out the fridge with LetsGetBasted

If you have been a regular reader of The Rantings of an Amateur Chef, you know that the crew from LetsGetBasted were the first winner of a product giveaway. Since then, they allowed me to post a guest blog on their site. Now, I am happy to feature one of the crew in return. I have to give Ryan a lot of credit. If I were that close to graduation, there is no way I’d want to write anything, especially if I don’t get credit toward graduation. Welcome Ryan…

LetsGetBasted: Asian Peanut Stir-Fry

Hey Everyone,

My name is Ryan, a member of the LetsGetBasted team.  In case you were wondering LetsGetBasted is a group of college students who try to provide cheap and easy meals for students (or anyone) who are trying to cook something delicious, fast and cheap.

Just a little about myself, I am a senior at James Madison University who will be graduating in May.  Graduation is just around the corner and I’m having mixed feelings of excitement and sadness knowing that a lot of things are about to change.

With that said it probably comes as no surprise to anyone that a college student who has a little over two weeks of school left has little to no food (and money) left to his name.  Not to worry I still came up with a pretty good Asian peanut dish out of the few things I did have.

What you’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • peanut butter
  • ½ lb chicken breasts
  • 2 carrots (shredded)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • A head of broccoli
  • ¼ onion
  • ¼ container of mushrooms
  • Rotini pasta

I am not lying to you when I say this is everything I had left in my fridge. Typical of a college kid not to have much food but at least it was all veggies and not pizza.  What you want to do is boil a pot of water and cook the Rotini pasta.  While the pasta boils chop up all the vegetables and chicken into bite size pieces, add a little olive oil to the skillet and then add all the food to a skillet to cook.

Once the pasta is cooked remove it from the boiling water and set it off to the side.  After the veggies and chicken have cooked for 3-4 minutes add in 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and blend them evenly throughout the mixture.

After about 10-15 minutes the chicken should be fully cooked and the veggies will be cooked with a crunch still left to them.  You should be left with a delicious peanut-flavored Asian style stir-fry.

Serve the mixture over pasta and enjoy.


-Ryan, LetsGetBasted

On an unrelated note:

I am thinking of adding both Paleo and Gluten Free sections to the Recipes: Diet tab above. If you are a hard core Paleo or gluten free dieter and would like to help out the Ranting Chef both understand the rules, common substitutions and possible even look at existing recipes to include, please send me an email at

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Categories: Chicken, Chinese, Guest, kosher, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetable

Author:The Ranting Chef

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25 Comments on “Cleaning out the fridge with LetsGetBasted”

  1. April 21, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Thank you for the awesome recipe and beautiful pictures.


  2. April 21, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Ryan did an awesome job with this one. Letsgetbasted has really enjoyed working with you and we hope to continue to do so.

    P.S. received the oven liner in the mail yesterday, can’t wait to put it to use! Awesome giveaway.



  3. April 21, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    This recipe would work well as a vegitarian dish, too. I can practically smell the yummy peanutty scent from here! Thanks for sharing your virtual meal with us.


  4. April 21, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    I love it when I do my in-home mystery box dinners.


  5. April 21, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    That looks delilous!


  6. April 21, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Looks yummilicious 🙂
    Nice to see that you used up whatever you had on hand instead of it diving into the trash can. Great job!


  7. April 21, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Definitely not typical of a college student to have so much healthy food stocked up in the fridge if my college experience is anything to go by. This looks great!


  8. April 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Sounds excellent! I may have to give it a try this week.

    I was a college student with only veggies and pasta in her fridge too. 🙂 Brings back memories.


  9. April 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Love the idea of cleaning out the fridge and coming up with a yummy looking dish like this! All I’d have to do is make a couple substitutions to make a gluten-free version. Hmmmm I think I will have to see what’s in my fridge……….. 🙂


  10. April 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm #



  11. April 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    The recipe sounds yummy, but it seems to me it would go better with Jasmine rice or Jasmine rice combined with red rice.


  12. Maggie
    April 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Yum! Go Dukes! We should meet at E-Hall sometime!


  13. April 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Not that there’s anything wrong with hybrid cuisine, but if you’re trying to go Asian, avoid olive oil or rotini pasta… just like you’d avoid using soy sauce or rice noodles in an authentic Italian Spaghetti Bolognese. For that Asian flavour, use lard, groundnut oil or sunflower oil instead.

    Gluten free mama: Rice noodles should do the trick for you. If you happen to use the very thin ones, bring plenty of water to the boil, turn off the heat and soak them for about 5 minutes until soft. Then quickly fry them along with the stir-fried veg.

    Try adding some chopped garlic in the beginning of the stir-fry and add a pinch of ground anise seed. You won’t regret it.


  14. April 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Ryan, you are amazing. I studied food science in college, and work professionally in food now, but I NEVER made anything that gorgeous (and healthy) when I was in school. You will go far, young man:-) Best of luck in all to you! Re: rotini and olive oil and peanuts and soy sauce–I like that you don’t follow rules. For sure use up what you have. Never know when you’ll hit upon a new favorite flavor combo.


  15. janetsiharath
    April 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Sounds delicious!


  16. April 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Looks good. Never tried cooking with peanut butter though. Should be worth a try, thanks for the idea.


  17. April 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    An early Congrats wish for you Ryan!


  18. April 22, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    What an awesome and yet so simple recipe. Thanks Ryan!


  19. April 22, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Good use of leftovers. Quick and easy, just the way I like things during the week. May have to try this one out. Thanks.


  20. okiestew
    April 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Minus the pasta and with gluten free soy sauce, that would make a great GF meal. Works for The 4-Hour Body diet too.


  21. Shutterbug Sage
    April 30, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    I love the title of this post! I took a similar approach in this post on my blog today:
    and linked back to both this post as well as your site.

    I continue to look forward to your “rants”! Everything always sounds so delicious!


  22. October 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    This looks and sounds really tasty. I’m a student in London and always looking for something that is cheap to make and tastes good. I’ve got all these ingredients in the house (apart from peanut butter, probably cos I’m British lol) but will definitely try it 🙂



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