It’s safe to say that grocery-store ramen noodles can be considered a “dietary staple” for college students. They’re cheap, they’re easy to make, and they can be bought in bulk. Plus, few things taste as delicious as a hot bowl of noodles during a long night of studying.
So, what exactly is the problem?
The flavor packet – for starters – is chock full of sodium. Beyond the lack of nutritional value, the “chicken-flavored” broth isn’t exactly dazzling to the taste buds. It’s a shame, really, considering real Japanese ramen is bursting with all sorts of delicious flavors and textures. Traditionally served in a meat-based broth flavored with soy sauce and miso, it’s completed with all sorts of different toppings including veggies and different proteins. In one word: yum.
What You’ll Need:
- One packet of ramen (brands like Nissin often cost less than $0.25 per pack at the grocery store)
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of miso paste (a soybean paste, can often be found in the refrigerated section of supermarkets)
- Vegetables of your choice (corn, spinach, baby bok choy, peppers, and chopped green onions are all great choices)
- Sriracha, or your other favorite chili sauce (for topping)
- *Optional – leftover chicken goes great in this
What You’ll Do:
- Toss the flavor packet that comes with the ramen. Toss it far, far away.
- Put your 3 cups of water into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave (**use oven mitts!) and stir in the miso paste and soy sauce until they’re blended in.
- Add your dried noodles to the bowl. You can break them up or leave them in the brick they come in. Cook for another 3 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave (**don’t forget those oven mitts!). Add in your veggies. If you chose leafy greens like spinach or bok choy, you’ll want to wash and coarsely chop them first. The more vegetables you use, the better.
- Top with Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce. Enjoy!
Don’t worry, it tastes as delicious as it sounds. Will you be giving it a try?
Comment below if you’d like to see our stove-top spicy ramen recipe (think Ramen: Level II)!
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