I’ve had this article on the back burner for a while now, but because ramen noodles are so bad for you I haven’t wanted to write it.
So this is an important note: YOU SHOULD AVOID EATING INSTANT RAMEN
It’s bad for you. The noodles are deep-fried and the mix is full of fat, sodium and MSGs. This is NOT a health food by any stretch of the imagination.
But, if you are gonna eat it…
Here’s How to Dress Up Your Ramen Noodles
- Add veggies.
Your noodle/veggie ratio should definitely higher on the vegetable side to at least try to get some nutrients out of your empty calorie meal. I like to use frozen vegetables to save money and for quick prep time. (see recipe ideas below)
- Avoid the flavor packet.
The only vegan 20cent ramen I know of is Oriental flavor Top Ramen. Feel free to buy this but avoid using the flavor packet as much as possible. Try using onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, bouillon, or any other flavor boosters instead of the high-sodium flavoring included.
- Remember a serving is 1/2 the package.
I know how easy it is to eat a whole brick of ramen, but remember that on the back it says that a serving is 1/2 of the package. If you’re adding veggies you won’t need as many noodles anyway.
- Eat ramen in moderation.
Again, ramen is a junk food just as unhealthy as potato chips. Make sure that ramen is your short on time, bottom of your bank account fall back, not your first choice.
Ramen Recipe Ideas
- Vegetable Soup
Just follow the regular ramen instructions on the back and add your favorite frozen or fresh veggies! Substitute the flavor packet with a bouillon cube or soy sauce.
- Ramen Lo Mein (photo above)
Chop onion and garlic and stir fry until clear. Add any frozen/fresh veggies of your choice. In mine I used peppers, broccoli, cabbage, peas, spinach, and carrots. Add soy sauce to your liking, feel free to try other flavors like ginger, plum sauce, peanut sauce, or spicy red pepper flakes.
Boil noodles then drain. evaporate water off of noodles in separate pan on low heat with a touch of olive oil to keep from sticking, then mix with veggies.
- Ramen Pasta Salad
Add chopped cabbage, carrots, red pepper, and sliced almonds to a cold bowl of cooked and drained instant ramen. Mix with italian dressing/balsalmic/asian-style dressing of your choice. Serve chilled.