This is fast, cheap and tasty.
1. Brown a pound of ground beef. Add a couple of chopped green onions, a handful of fresh corriander (or any herb, really), some grated fresh ginger or a dallop of bottled grated ginger, and a clove or two of garlic.
2. Heat a can of chicken broth mixed with two can fulls of water.
3. Add the meat, one thinly sliced pepper, dried chili flakes to taste, a handful of thin rice noodles, a handful of thinly sliced cabbage (could even used packaged coleslaw mix here). You could also add any veggies, chopped small, a this stage.
4. Bring to the boil for a few minutes, then let simmer for as long as you have and serve.