The school year is already underway and I’m living vicariously through my Facebook friends still in college. I’m having trouble graduating from life as a college student, and the state of my diet reflects that perfectly. And a diet of pizza, ramen, and alcohol is no longer socially acceptable.
I have a full time job with an hour lunch – much longer than the break I had in high school. But does that mean I pack a well-balanced lunch every day? Nope. I eat a mix of Jimmy Johns, fast food, and frozen meals.
So how do you transition from that college diet to the young adult diet?
For starters, you don’t have to completely throw out all your ramen. It’s cheap and I’m trying to be responsible with my money. So here are some ways to spice up Ramen noodles and turn it into an acceptable adult meal. Almost.
The Spicy Ramen
1 package Ramen, your choice of flavor
1 bottle of Siracha
Cook Ramen noodles according to package. Add a drop of Siracha, or stir in tablespoon after tablespoon of the red pepper sauce. Bam, you’ve spiced up your Ramen.
Ramen Noodle Salad
1 package Chicken Ramen
1 cup sliced celery
1 can water chestnuts, drained and cut
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
4 ounces frozen green peas
1 cup mayonnaise (none of that Miracle Whip, please!)
Make the Chicken Ramen. You’re already a pro at that. Then run the noodles under cold water.
Combine noodles, celery, water chestnuts, red onion, pepper, and peas.
In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and ramen noodle seasoning. Pour your dressing over the noodle mixture, coating well.
Refrigerate until cold and serve. Don’t tell you’re friends it’s Ramen, and they’ll never know.
Healthy Ramen Soup
2 and 1/2 cups water
1 carrot, sliced
4 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 package Ramen noodle, your choice of flavor
1/2 cup milk (optional)
Is healthy ramen really possible? Yes, despite the fact that it sounds like an oxymoron. Bring the water to boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in carrots and mushrooms and let boil for 7 minutes. Add the noodles and flavoring packet and simmer for 3 minutes.
Slowly pour in the egg, stir for 30 seconds until the egg has cooked. Stir in milk. Sit back and smile at all those vegetables floating around in there.
2 packages Ramen Noodles, discard flavor pack
2 large eggs
3/4 pounds lean ground beef
3 slices American cheese
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add noodles and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and allow noodles to cool.
Beat 2 eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper. Stir in noodles until evenly coated. Divide noodles evenly into 6 bowls. Cover each bowl with plastic wrap and set another bowl on top to flatten noodles. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
Mix your beef, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Divide beef mixture into three equal portions and shape into burgers.
Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Invert each ramen bowl, careful to maintain bun shape.
Fry each ramen bun in oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip each bun and continue frying until crisp. Transfer buns to a large plate.
Heat rest of vegetable oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Cook beef patties until burgers are lightly pink, about 3-5 minutes per side. Arrange a slice of American cheese over each burger and place on Ramen buns. Fix burger with your preferred toppings.
Look at that burger. Do you feel classy now?
Post by Katie Paige. Recipes from allrecipes.com.