Like most college students, I survived on cup after cup of instant ramen noodles. It was just a way of life. We ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I cringe at the amount of sodium in those packages and I’m grateful that I graduated with a degree and not high blood pressure.
My daughter loves ramen noodles. She always has. But unlike me, she first experienced ramen in a Japanese restaurant here in NYC. When she was five, we took her to Japan. We had so much fun watching her go from restaurant to restaurant creating her own taste test adventure.
Instant Ramen Noodles
So you can imagine how excited she was to discover instant ramen in the supermarket. She never misses an opportunity to toss a box into the shopping cart. The ramen noodles themselves aren’t a problem for me. Most ramen is made from from a simple recipe that includes wheat flour. I find them to be tasty and harmless. It’s the seasoning packet that causes me great concern.
That’s why we don’t use it. As I began exploring plant-based nutrition, our plates got healthier. While we began to lean into whole foods and away from animal products, other things were changing. We began cooking without much use of salt or sugar. We found we didn’t need it. So while I will let her put the ramen in the cart, she understands that the seasoning packages will go into the trash.
It’s All About the Remix
My remixed ramen noodle recipe includes lots of veggies. As the price of groceries continues to rise, I’ve found that frozen vegetables work for our family budget and support my goal of getting more plants on our plate. I add garlic powder, onion powder and a touch of light Tamari sauce. For me, Tamari is less salty and a bit more flavorful. Feel free to use a light soy if you don’t have it. This recipe is popular in our house and we make it several times a week. Enjoy!
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