Thursday, March 3, 2016
Easy Lunch Ramen
A colleague asked me recently if I always make lunch when at home. I did not have to consider the answer as it was, "Definitely". If we are home for lunch as a family, then we sit down to a lunch together. If I am at home at lunchtime, then I take the time to make a lunch, sit down with a book and enjoy it.
Recently, I have been on a ramen-binge. I know that sounds a bit odd but I really enjoy noodle based soups. So, I buy the cheap $0.20 packages of ramen that many of us lived on in college. However, I just use the noodles. The flavor packet, for the most part, gets thrown away - way, way too much sodium and I find the flavoring too intense.
So, here is how I change it. I heat up 2 cups of high quality chicken broth and add a teaspoon of sesame oil. Sometimes, I break open the flavor packet and add just a wee bit...a wee, wee bit. Once the broth comes to a boil, then add the noodles and cook them for another minute or so until the noodles are cooked. I pour it into a bowl and add whatever leftover meat I may have in the refrigerator and some sliced green onions.
I use chopsticks and slurp up the noodles - in complete foodie heaven. It is simple. It is comforting. It is much, much more than the $0.20 I spent on the soup packet.
Yesterday, I found an udon soup in the pantry and did the exact same thing. Except instead of adding cooked meat, I had a few slices of filet from making carpaccio. Once the noodles were cooked, I added the raw meat to the soup and the heat of the soup just cooked the outside of the meat. Super, super tasty.
Go ahead, throw a couple of cheap ramen soup packets in your grocery cart the next time you are shopping. You won't regret it!