Okay, lets be real... It's hard to feel like you can treat yourself as a college student when money is tight. Sometimes you just have to resort to good ol' Ramen Noodles. Just think, all the money you are going to save could be put towards your next trip abroad!
Ramen is yummy, but if you are having it often you probably need to switch things up a bit. There are tons of ways to create a meal with ramen with just a few creative additions.
Here are some of our favorite Ramen Hacks that can help your meals feel a little fancier without breaking the bank.
Peanut Butter Noodles
Peanut Butter Ramen is a great simple place to start. You'll need...
1 Pack Chicken Flavored Ramen
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
Boil your Ramen and once it's cooked, drain it but leave about 1/2 cup of water. Add seasoning packet, soy sauce and Peanut Butter and mix. It gives you an almost Thai peanuty noodles feel. *Optional: top with Chicken, Cilantro, and Cayenne Pepper
Doesn't get easier than this.
Take your uncooked noodles and smash them up in the bag. Sprinkle them over a mixed salad and mix it together with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It's a great way to get a crunch in your salad. Really delicious...and healthy...right?
Egg Drop Soup
Another simple one: Cook Ramen as directed on package. Add two eggs into pot while it is still on the stove and stir until eggs are cooked.
Top with green onions and cayenne pepper.
Chili and Ramen. Kind of weird, but kind of delicious.
Make your Ramen like normal and drain all of the water. Mix in a can of Chili and warm on the stove.
Top with cheese and sour cream. Dip Saltine crackers.
Ramen Stir Fry
You can be creative on this one. Boil your Ramen and add all the vegetables and meat you like!
Vegetable ideas: a frozen veggie pack (corn, carrots and peas), broccoli, green beans or snap peas.
Meat: chicken, steak, shrimp or ground beef.
Top with Ramen seasoning, soy sauce and cayenne pepper.
*It works best to cook everything on it's own and then add it together for a few minutes. If you cook it all at once the noodles get soggy while you wait for the other things to cook.
Chocolate Ramen Bites
Mixing salty and sweet never tasted so good!
1/2 stick of butter
1 package of Ramen noodles
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
a sheet of waxed paper
Crush up the noodles into small bite sized pieces. Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan on medium heat. Add in the vanilla extract. Mix in the chocolate chips. Pour the chocolate mixture into a bowl. Mix in the noodles and stir so that each noodle is well covered. Place the noodle clusters onto a sheet of waxed paper. Place into the fridge for approx. 10 minutes, or until each cluster is cooled off and ready to eat.
Now that you saved some money with your new Ramen obsession are you ready to try real noodles in China?
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