Ramen is here to stay as a nerd-home staple. Its instant, sodium-laced noodle broth is tasty but not always completely satisfying. If you’re looking for a little more heft to your ramen, here’s a quick guide for making a hearty, healthy meal out of your 10 cent packet.
Step 1: Pick your ramen flavor
My personal favorite is the chili flavor. It gives a nice kick. You can also make new ones by combining them, though: mix chili and chicken for a spicy Mexican flair, or oriental and pork for a more traditional taste. There are hundreds of possible combinations.
Step 2: Boil the water
Put water in a sauce pan. Heat until it boils. Don’t touch the water (I speak from experience).
Step 3: Add the noodles
Cook to your desired done-ness.
Step 4: Add your extras
Frozen Veggies are perfect here. They cook perfectly in the boiling water and make the broth cool enough to eat. You can also toss in extra meat from your leftovers to add some protein. Be sure to avoid canned veggies. They just get mushy.
Step 5: Enjoy!
To get you started here are a couple of our favorite combinations.
Fresh or frozen spinach
Splash of lime juice
Easy Chicken Noodle Ramen
Roasted chicken ramen
Frozen Tuscan veggie mix
Splash of lemon juice
1 Boiled egg per person
Frozen oriental veggie mix
Optional: Soy sauce
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