At College Fed, we do a lot of preaching on behalf of quick and healthy meals. But the truth is, sometimes, you are pushed against the wall and cave to the convenience of instant foods. For easy, cheap and tasty, there is nothing better for a college student than ramen noodles. A single pack costs mere cents and they can be prepared in a microwave in a matter of minutes. When I lived in the dorms, I lived off this stuff.
The secret truth of ramen is that there are plenty of ways to spice up your bowl of noodles and make a more complete meal. Here are a few options to get your brain thinking. There are plenty of other hacks out there, so let us know what your favorites are in the comments!
Chicken & Spinach Ramen
Prepare chicken flavored ramen according to stovetop package directions (essentially you just boil water and add in the noodles). Throw in a couple handfuls of spinach when the noodles are nearly done and cook until the spinach is wilted.
Egg Drop Ramen
Cook your favorite flavor (that you think might go well with eggs) according to stovetop directions; drop in an egg or two when the noodles begin to loosen up. Stir.
Prepare the noodles on the stovetop. After, fry up the noodles and some vegetables (green beans and carrots are recommended) in a pan with oil. Finally, mix in 1 hunk of peanut butter and hot sauce.
Standard Ramen Preparation
- Choose your flavor of ramen. Beef and Chicken are the most popular, but others range from lime shrimp to smoked ham.
- Break down the block of ramen into fourths while still in the bag. Skip this step if your bowl is large enough to fit the entire noodle brick. Place the brick(s) in a bowl.
- Fill a bowl with enough water to cover the noodles. Microwave for three minutes.
- Pour out a little water. The more you leave, the less salty the seasoning will taste, the more you leave, the stronger the flavor. Make sure never to pour all the water out.
- Mix in seasoning packet and enjoy!
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