Check out this awesome Ramen Hack that packs a ton of flavor and delicious veggies. It’s an easy meal the whole family can enjoy!
I come from a family of 10 kids and my mom was the single provider for most of the time I was growing up.
We were a wild tribe of children who made broken doors into slides, wrote “___ was here” on everything, used the laundry chute as a short cut , and only ate certain food.
Food variety kind of goes out the door when you have 10 kids to feed on a very limited budget.
There was only a handful of savory things I liked to eat as a kid.
Some important food on that list were: deviled eggs (on Easter), saucy noodles, Ramen, cheese (which is fancy food that we didn’t get very often), and lasagna casserole (which is just a version of saucy noodles and cheese but a kid makes weird categories).
It was a simple time and I had simple tastes.
And the point is that cheap Ramen is so delicious all by itself that even a picky, wild kid will cook it for herself.
HOWEVER, as an adult, I know that I have to eat vegetables fairly regularly and it would be nice if they tasted good.
I even like eating vegetables now. One of those things I would never have believed as a kid 🙂
Here’s one of the ways we like to fill in some basic, cheap Ramen noodles.
Two Way Ramen Hack
There are two ways to cook this ramen.
You can either do this in a pot on the stove, or in a large bowl in the microwave.
My husband prefers to use the microwave method because it’s faster but I prefer to do it on the stove because I like the noodles better that way.
The biggest difference is the texture of the noodles. It’s not bad either way, it’s just slightly different.
Try it both ways and see which one you like.
Let’s Make a Soft Boiled Egg to Get Ready
These are good to have on hand for a snack.
You can also fill out a meal, throw in your lunch, or top your noodles.
Here’s how to make them.
Bring a pot of water to boil.
While that’s heating up, fill a bowl with ice water.
Carefully place your eggs in the boiling water then set the timer for 7 minutes. Do 6 if you like them really runny.
When the timer goes off, quickly transfer them to the ice water and leave them there to cool for 10 minutes.
Then store them in the fridge and enjoy anytime you want.
Peel, rinse (there are always have a few tiny shards of shell still stuck to the eggs), and cut a couple in half. Then they’re ready for your next bowl of ramen.
Stovetop Ramen Hack
Use a vegetable peeler to peel an entire medium carrot into thin strips and then give them a a few chops so that they aren’t longer than a few inches. This will make them cook up faster.
Cut a medium zucchini into match sticks.
Dice 2 medium stalks of celery and a bell pepper.
Throw all of that into a pan over medium high heat with 1 pound of ground beef.
Cook until the vegetables are soft and the beef is done and browned.
Add 6 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of General Tsoa’s sauce, 1 tablespoon of sweet chili sauce, 1 teaspoon of ginger paste, 1 teaspoon of minced ginger, and the spice packets of 4 beef ramen packages.
DON’T add the noodles yet.
Bring this to a boil and then add the noodles.
Cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles go mostly straight when you pull them out of the soup.
You can add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with diced green onions and a soft boiled egg on top.
Microwave Ramen Hack
This is the version if you want to just set it and forget it.
You also need to either cook the ground beef first or use leftover cooked ground beef.
Prepare the vegetables in the same way as before. You just trying to get everything small or really thin so it’ll cook quickly.
Throw everything into a microwave safe bowl. Beef, noodles, vegetables, sauces, spices, noodles.
Pour enough water in there to just cover it all then cover with a microwave safe plate.
Microwave for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are done.
Top with the green onions and soft boiled egg and Enjoy!
This is a great dish to use up any vegetables that having been lying around in your pantry or fridge.
Just slice them up thin so they cook quickly and throw them in.
Any type of Squash
Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to add it in. The vegetables just soak up the flavor and it’s all delicious!
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- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 medium zucchini
- 2 medium stalks celery
- 1 bell pepper
- 6 cups water
- 1 tablespoon General Tsoa's sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 4 beef Ramen packages
- salt and pepper to taste
- diced green onions
- soft boiled egg
- Peel the carrot into thin strips and rough chop.
- Cut the zucchini into match sticks.
- Dice the celery stalks and bell pepper.
- In a large pan, cook the vegetables and beef until the vegetables are soft and the beef is browned and done.
- Add the water, General Tsoa's, sweet chili sauce, ginger paste, minced ginger, and spice packets from Ramen packages.
- Bring to a boil and then add the noodles.
- Cook for 5 minutes or until the noodles are done. They should go mostly straight when you lift them out of the pan.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with diced green onions and a sliced soft boiled egg.
To make soft boiled eggs: boil the eggs for 6-7 minutes and then cool them in ice water for 10 minutes.
To cook in the microwave: Use leftover beef. Dump everything in a large, microwave safe bowl and enough water to just cover everything. Place a plate on top and microwave for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are done.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1005mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 27g