In our family, time is of the essence. One of the old standbys that has gotten us through some hard times, as well as saved us time is the good old Ramen Noodles. You know, the “noodles prepackaged at the grocery store that you can get for 1 cent a peace, and then you buy about 50 boxes of them and keep them in the basement pantry for a rainy day” noodles. Yep…those.
I often ran into two problems though when it came to purchasing them:
1. Not the healthiest thing to eat. I’ve read the ingredients and that little package of seasoning I am pretty sure is packed full of preservatives and additives. But, they were so convenient and easy to make, and the kids to even cook them without needing my help, that I gave in and bought them anyway.
2. Never have the kind I want. They never had the Oriental flavor, which have no meat or seafood in them. (But, perhaps they did and I just couldn’t understand the CODED words used on the ingredients packages.) I would have to hunt around to different stores to find those, an that became annoying.
Well, I figured out a way to make my own! I sifted through some recipes on-line and came up with a flavor that I love and the family likes as well. Then, I figured out a way to prepackaged them for easy cooking. Yep, I “Pre-Packaged” my recipe for the rainy days we have every now and then. I take my veggies, cut and placed in a ziplock baggies, pre-cook my rice noodles (or whatever noodle you choose to use) and place them in individual sized bundles in small ziplock baggie, and my broth placed in a freeze container or ziplock baggie, and place in freezer for when we are ready. My kids can go to the fridge and grab a serving of the noodles, veggies and broth and warm on the stove. Just that simple. No fuss, no guilt, and good eating. Here is the recipe I used and you can make it your own by adding more veggies or tweaking your broth with some different flavors and spices:
8 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Brags
2 Large Shallots (thinly Sliced)
2Tbsp Yeast Flakes
1Tbsp Onion Powder
1tsp Minced dried Onions
3Tbsp Maple Syrup (to taste)
3tsp Minced Garlic
1/2 – 1Tbsp Fresh Basil Leaves (Minced)
2tsp Seas Salt
Put all of these ingredients into a pot and boil for about 10 min or so. Once the broth is ready, you can add other veggies ingredients that you like, and let cook for another 5 minutes or so. I added cabbage sliced in thin strips. Serve with cooked noodles. I used Rice noodles, but you can use udong noodles as well. Serving size is 6 to 8.
To reheat once packaged and put away for later: Take broth and re-heat on stove top, place noodles in broth and let warm for 5 minutes. If ingredients are frozen, place broth and frozen noodles in a bowl to thaw with warm water. Once thawed, place broth in pot to re-heat, then place noodles in broth, to warm for about 5 minutes and then eat.
So, my fellow Ramen lovers, go free and prosper! Explore the mountain of making your own Ramen Noodles and save a buck…..literally….they are like only 20 cents a package…..and live longer from not eating those preservatives and additives.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my youtube channel, “Tamara Conway”, for other helpful tips and tricks to saving a buck!