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Monica Matt ’17

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If you are like me or any other typical college kid, ramen noodles might be considered a major food group in your diet. But do you ever get tired of the same old plain noodles? Try out these hacks to make your late-night meals go from bleh to yeah!

Add a protein!

Cracking an egg in the water while the noodles are cooking and then adding a chicken flavor packet gives you a makeshift egg-drop soup! Eggs are super versatile and you can add your favorite type (hard boiled, fried, etc.) to any and all ramen. You can also add pre-cooked chicken strips, beef cubes, or shrimp to instantly step up your ramen’s game.

Add vegetables!

Peas, corn, and celery are great additions if you want a more soupy ramen meal. I suggest larger vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, or edamame for those who like more noodles than broth. Add spinach right before eating to get that delicious and nutritious addition of color!

Make it a hearty meal!

Get different kinds of the “Cream of…” condensed soups to make a rich soup that will cure your comfort-food cravings. Add a few extra ingredients to make a bonafide stew or chowder!

Skip the flavor packet!

Try out more exotic flavorings like curry, sesame oil, or red pepper flakes to spice up the sometimes too-bland noodles. Be careful to watch the amount of sodium you’re adding. If you feel like the flavor packet is essential to your ramen creation, try using just half the packet! You will get the same flavor and just cut down on the sodium.

*Try out this recipe!

Dragon Ramen
One packet of ramen, any flavor (you’ll toss the flavor packet out)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons sriracha
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 green onions
Cilantro to garnish

-Cook ramen according to package, but do not add the flavor packet.
-While that is cooking, mix together sriracha, soy sauce and brown sugar in a bowl. When ramen is done cooking, add the drained noodles to this bowl.
-After dumping out the water, use the same pot to melt your butter. While it is melting, mix in the crushed red pepper. Once combined, gently mix in one pre-beaten egg until scrambled.
-Dump the noodles and sauce back into the pan with the egg/butter/pepper mixture and toss until coated. Mix in green onions, and garnish with cilantro before serving.

*Recipe from www.radicalpossibility.com

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