In popular culture, instant ramen (Top Ramen, Cup Noodles, Mr. Noodles, etc.) has become synonymous with the diet of broke students all around the world. Wherever you go, the cheapest ready-made food will always be instant noodles, making them extremely attractive to struggling students who also have zero time to make anything substantial. While eating instant ramen as-is on a regular basis will most definitely turn your insides into mush, there are many ways to transform it into an actual (and semi-healthy) filling meal. When considered in its individual components — the ramen noodles and the flavor packet — the real enemy here is the flavor packet, since it’s loaded with salt and MSG. Not only is that not good for your health, it just doesn’t taste nearly as good as the flavor you can create with real ingredients. Keep reading to learn how you can easily upgrade your ramen!
Breakfast ramen — the convenience of breakfast at any time of the day! This savory concoction is a good alternative for those looking to switch up their meals, or for those looking for yet another way to consume more bacon.
For those of us who always seem to be on the go, you might want to give this recipe a try. Inspired by traditional ramen soup, this dish is confined entirely in a mason jar (probably the most useful and versatile thing in your pantry), so you can take it with you anywhere you go.
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Roasted Chicken Ramen
For those of us who are not so adventurous with our food, roasted chicken ramen is a safe choice. With very simple ingredients, this soup will help to warm you up in preparation for the treacherous winter that is slowly creeping up.
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Pad Thai Ramen
Pad thai is a dish favored by many, and you’ll find this to be true, especially if you’re one to frequent the Thai Express in York Lanes (guilty as charged). Now that the polar vortex has hit and you have a reason to stay in, save yourself $12 and try recreating this fast food favorite!
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As much as I’d like to say gone are the days of boiling up a pot of instant ramen, I don’t think you can truly eradicate what has become a staple of many broke university students. At least now you are equipped with a couple of recipes to step up your ramen game!