Ah, ramen noodles (pronounced rah-men) are a true food mystery. They are by far one of the cheapest food items in the grocery store (around 15 cents per package), and extremely versatile. You can use this budget stretcher in almost any dish to cut down on cost, and stretch the other ingredients further. We're talking soup, salads, side dishes and casseroles. The secret is to be creative, and you can make ramen noodles accent any delicious meal. We put together a few creative recipes to get you started, but go ahead and think outside the box and create your own!
Beef flavored 4 bean ramen salad
- 1 package Beef flavor ramen noodles
- 1/2 cup green beans
- 1/2 cup kidney beans
- 1/2 cup white beans
- 1/2 cup lima beans
- 1/4-1/2 cup Italian dressing
Cook the ramen according to package directions. Set flavor packet aside. Add prepared bean mix. Add flavor packet and dressing. Let chill in refrigerator 1-2 hours before serving.
Ramen'n' Broccoli stir-fry
- 1 package ramen
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 regular sized package egg noodles
- 1 head broccoli, or 1 package frozen broccoli (cooked)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1 cup french fried onions (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare ramen as package directions advise, but drain and do not add flavor packet. Cook egg noodles. Dice broccoli and onions. Mix soup mix with prepared ramen and add flavor packet and set aside. In an oven-safe casserole dish layer in the following order: vegetable mix, shredded cheese, egg noodles, cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add the ramen/soup mixture (and french-fried onions) and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Let cool before serving.
Veggie pad Thai (this recipe is healthy because it is all vegetarian, made with tofu for protein)
- 2 packages ramen noodles (oriental)
- 1 package EXTRA FIRM tofu
- Sesame oil
- 1 package frozen vegetables, "Oriental" or "Asian blend" if you can find them
- Peanut sauce (make or buy... homemade recipe below)
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
Drain tofu and cut into bite sized cubes. Marinate with as much soy sauce, sesame oil, and the flavor packets in a bowl for 1-2 hours. Cook the ramen noodles according to package directions and drain, set aside. Cook frozen veggies and marinate tofu in frying pan or wok, once almost fully cooked, (Tofu will be golden brown), and add ramen. Remove from heat after 2-3 minutes.
Top with additional soy sauce and peanut sauce (See below)
Easy Asian peanut sauce (for veggie pad Thai)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk (You can find this canned in the baking aisle)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Chili paste,to taste
- Thai curry paste, to taste, (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons artificial sweetener (You can use sugar too, but the fake stuff blends best in this recipe)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, whisk. Microwave covered 1-2 minutes. Stir and serve
Ramen Trail Mix
- 1 package of ramen noodles (crushed)
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup dried fruit, any kind
- 1/4 cup chocolate candies
Fry crushed noodles in pan over medium heat until golden brown color. After ramen has browned, add sliced almonds and peanuts until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and let cool. When cooled, add dried fruit and chocolate candies. Store in cool, dry place.
Asian ramen Cole slaw
- 1 package Cole slaw mix
- 2-3 packages ramen noodles (any flavor)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup peanuts
- 1 cup onions, slivered
- 2 bunches green onions
- Chopped onion (seasoning, optional)
Cook ramen noodles according to package directions (not as a soup). Add cooked ramen over remaining ingredients and let refrigerate overnight.
Ramen 'n' veggie chowder (This is a very quick meal, intended for one. Double up ingredients for more servings.)
- 1 package ramen, chicken flavor ("Creamy chicken" works best).
- 1 can creamed corn
- 1 package broccoli and cheese (You can find these in individual servings in the frozen foods aisle at most grocery stores, a good brand is "Just for One"
- Black pepper
Cook noodles according to package, do not drain. While noodles are cooking, microwave the broccoli and cheese. Add creamed corn, flavor packet,and broccoli and cheese to the soup mixture and heat on stovetop until warm. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
Easy lunch stir-fry
- 1 package ramen noodles , Beef or pork flavor
- 1 egg
- 1 hot dog or sausage link
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
Mix ramen noodles with olive oil and flavor packet in bowl or plate. Microwave in a safe dish 4 minutes or until cooked Slice hotdog or sausage and fry with egg. Add cooked ramen into the frying pan with egg and hot dog/sausage mixture. Let cook until noodles are golden brown.