Ramen noodles deliver a lot of nutrition for the buck — make that coin, since you should be able to get more than one packet of them for a dollar.
Anyway, when you’re so strapped for cash that you’re having to eat these noodles more than once a week, the dish can get boring. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to jazz up your meals with these healthy ramen recipes.
Cauliflower Ramen with Pine Nuts
This easy spin on ramen features classic Italian flavors and plenty of vegetables. Here’s what you need:
- 2 packages of ramen noodles, crushed
- 1 small cauliflower head cut into florets
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp oregano, dried
- 1 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the noodles and discard the seasoning packet. Steam the cauliflower until tender. Combine all of the ingredients (cooked and uncooked). Serve warm.
Chicken and Vegetable Ramen
Looking for a quick and easy healthy Ramen recipe for weekdays? Give this one a try! You’ll need:
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 2 packages ramen noodles
- 1 8 oz. package mushrooms, chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 48 oz. chicken stock
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the mushrooms, broccoli florets, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Cook for five minutes, stirring regularly, until the vegetables start to get soft.
Then, add chicken stock to the skillet and bring everything to a boil. Bring down to a simmer and cook for five minutes.
Finally, add the ramen noodles and chicken. Cook an additional five to seven minutes, or until the noodles are done. Serve warm. Make as many as you need for
Lime Shrimp Dragon Ramen Noodles
Seafood lovers will adore this recipe. It’s quick, easy, and healthy. Here’s what you need:
- 2 packs of ramen noodles
- 1/2 lb frozen shrimp, peeled, de-veined and thawed
- 1 medium-sized lime
- 2 tablespoons of Sriracha
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- Handful of fresh cilantro (optional)
In a small mixing bowl, combine the sriracha, brown sugar, soy sauce, and 1 tbsp of juice from the lime. Set aside.
Take a medium saucepan and fill halfway with water. Cover with a lid and bring the water to a boil. Then, add ramen noodles, discarding the flavor packet, and boil the noodles until tender. Drain the noodles and set aside.
In a large skillet, melt the butter and add the garlic. Saute for about one minute. Add the shrimp, saute them until they are done (about three to five minutes or until they turn opaque and pink). Remove from heat.
Add the noodles to the skillet and stir. Add the sauce and stir. Top with green onion, fresh lime juice, and cilantro. Serve.
All of the options above are healthy ramen recipes you can start enjoying today. Pick a favorite and give it a try tonight.
Readers, what are your favorite healthy recipes? Tell us about them in the comments section beneath this post.
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