Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ramen with Rapini, Cilantro, and Basil

I remember a time when I had very little money and many meals consisted of instant ramen… Unfortunately, instant ramen often has a lot of sodium and is a bit carb-heavy and doesn’t provide many nutrients. So when I made ramen the other day, I only used one-third of the flavoring packet and tried to pack the meal with protein, veggies and flavorful herbs.

Ramen with Rapini, Cilantro, and Basil

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)
  • One packet ramen noodles and 1/3 of the flavoring packet
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • Rapini (one bunch, which is a lot!)
  • Cilantro (3-4 stems, finely chopped)
  • Basil (10 leaves, chopped)
  • Garlic (2-3 cloves, minced)
  • Salt-free “everyday seasoning blend” to taste (a few “shakes”)
What To Do:
  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add one-third of the flavoring packet, the noodles, rapini, cilantro, basil, garlic, and salt-free seasoning blend.
  2. Cook everything for about 3-5 minutes (until the veggies and noodles are almost done) and then add 2 eggs. I like to cook the eggs without breaking them up for about 3 minutes. That way, I can have the runny yolk coat the noodles.
  3. Serve with more cilantro on top.




We really enjoyed this simple meal. It was a nice reminder that sometimes the simplest, “forgotten” meals are truly the best…

Questions: Do you like ramen? Does it bring back any memories? What do you like to add to your ramen? 

Be Well,
Andrea

21 comments:

  1. I used to eat ramen at home when I was on my own for a meal - usually that or cereal :) I haven't had it in years though!

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  2. Instant ramen also holds a special place in my heart, along with chef boyardee! Try fresh ramen noodles sometime, if you can find them. I'm not positive because i haven't compared labels but I think it might be better for you than instant ramen.

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  3. I love using ramen as a jumping off point for Oriental soup. I add shrimp and Oriental vegetables along with ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.

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  4. I lived on ramen noodles in college! And Cup O' Noodles! And Stove Top Stuffing.... and beer.

    Aaaah, those were the days ;)

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  5. very nice dish love the combination of flavors here!

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  6. i LOVE ramen. haven't had it in forever - i just picked up a "green healthy" version from the japanese store. we'll see how it compares....

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  7. Totally brings back college memories. My roommates and I ate it all the time!

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  8. Ramen always reminds me of college...but this fancied up recipe definitely does not!

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  9. This is such a great idea, Andrea. It's similar to what I do just with broth. Rather than finding some recipe, I heat the broth and throw in a bunch of veggies and whatever meat/poultry I have in the fridge.
    I love your addition of cilantro on top. It's like gourmet ramen!

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  10. I do like Ramen, it brings back college memories like crazy :) This dish looks great! Reminds me of a broccoli slaw I like that uses Ramen noodles and some of the seasoning. Yum!

    Have a great weekend, Andrea...thanks for your sweet comments lately :) I am doing MUCH better! I had a rough go for about 10 days there with the head cold and migraine!!

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  11. I ate so much ramen in college! I haven't had it in year but what a great idea to add lots of veggies to it. I'll have to buy some to have on hand for quick week night meals...

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  12. YUM - hearting that this dish includes ramen. i still love ramen - beef and chicken were my favorites, sometimes oriental. I always added magi seasoning - that's about it - and I only use 1/2 of the packet - SO GOOD!

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  13. This is a great twist on a normally unhealthy food! It looks absolutely delicious!
    It's funny cause I have never had ramen noodles. Even in college, I never purchased them. Maybe I should have my first attempt be with this recipe.

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  14. Like you, I used to eat packets and packets of Ramen (and feel really thirsty afterward from all the salt!). I love how you added some veggies and eggs to "beef it up" and make a complete meal (because goodness knows I never really felt full after a bowl of ramen!). Delicious!

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  15. Ramen noodles bring back memories of my high school days! My sister and I used to make the soup as a snack after school.
    I love your twist on traditional Ramen! I agree it's like gourmet Ramen Noodles! I'm obsessed with fresh cilantro lately :)

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  16. I love ramen. It was like an easy quick meal for me especially during my college days when I'd be flat broke. They're cheap and really tasty. hehehe...

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  17. Looks good. I was just writing my post for tomorrow and I have ramen on there. I drain mine off so most of the liquid and sodium goes away and I also use less than what is in the package.

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  18. Funny that you have this post on ramen. I've recently had strong cravings for the packaged ramen that I grew up with in our Asian household. I've fought the temptation for the packaged stuff by visiting a couple of ramen houses in New York. I'm not sure how much better that choice was because the broth is still brimming with sodium and the entire dish is still carb heavy. I can tell you that I used to make a very similar dish like that one you posted, packed with green vegetables. I may just pick up a few packages so that I am able to make this on a busy week night. This looks good.

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  19. Great way to use ramen! I haven't eaten that since I was a kid.

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  20. I have never eaten ramen but my hubby and son love it! I know hubby would like this recipe!

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  21. When I was working and didn't get a lunch break I'd bring a ramen packet with me and eat it at my desk. I liked the Cajun chicken version for its spiciness, but I don't think they even make that version anymore.

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