By Allee Evensen
Food and Nutrition Editor
It’s been called the ultimate college food. It can be eaten hot, cold or even uncooked. At less than 25 cents a package, it very well may be the cheapest, most nutrition deficient meal you’ll ever eat. This is the world of Ramen Noodles. Here are a few ways to spice (or sweeten) up a package of Ramen without breaking your wallet.
A little bit of kick
This recipe isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for something with some real zest, then this is the recipe for you. The best part is, it doesn’t take any longer than regular Ramen noodles. First, cook a package of ramen. You can use plain noodles, but if you want a really strong meal, try chili-flavored. Once cooked, add a teaspoon of chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it you can do more or less), and a sprinkle of garlic salt. Mix well, and add a small amount of lime or lemon juice on top. Be careful with the lemon and lime, especially if you started with the chili-flavored noodles. Citrus tends to overwhelm easily.
Chicken and Bacon
For those who prefer savory to spicy or sweet, adding a little protein to a package of Ramen does the trick. Just a heads up: This recipe takes around 20 minutes to prepare. First, cook one serving of chicken (you can buy it pre-cubed if you don’t want to cook it) and three slices of bacon. Prepare the noodles without the flavoring packet. Once the noodles are cooked, throw them in a frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Add in a frozen vegetable mix of your choice. Cook on medium heat until the veggies are cooked through. Add two teaspoons of garlic and onion powder. When everything has steamed up nicely, throw in a few tablespoons of soy sauce. Remember, the more soy sauce is put in, the more salty the dish will be, so plan accordingly. Last, add in the pieces of chicken and bacon to complete the meal.
A little cheesy
True Ramen-ites know that noodles can be eaten at any time of day. This recipe is especially good for a quick, warm breakfast. Cook your choice of Ramen (if you really are making this in the morning, chicken and beef work best). The secret to this recipe is in the amount of water used. While some prefer their Ramen more soupy, this works best if the noodles are cooked in less than one cup of water. While the noodles are cooking, scramble one egg in a frying pan. When the noodles are done, add an 1/8 cup each of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Add the egg in last, mixing well. For a little kick, add a dash of hot sauce into the Ramen.
This is not your average package of Ramen. For those with more of a sweet tooth, this may fill a snack craving. First, cook a plain block of noodles in two cups of water. Add a ¼ cup brown sugar, and a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla. Boil sugar, vanilla and noodles together for at least 5 minutes. Drain most of the liquid out of the pan, and place the noodles in a new bowl. Stir in ½ a cup of Hershey’s Chocolate sauce. Mix in ¼ cup powdered sugar. If that’s not enough sugar, add a dollop of whipped cream on top to complete the dessert.
For those who want to have their soup and eat it too, this is the perfect recipe. Cook some tomato soup, following the direction on the can. While the soup is on the stove, cook and drain a plain block of ramen. Add to the tomato soup. When mixed, add in a sliced hot dog, as well as a teaspoon of lemon pepper. Top with a spoonful of sour cream and serve with crackers.
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