totally tops ramen
When it comes to easy meals, all the food TV personalities say it – sometimes you need to take a little help from the store. Packaged foods may not be the healthiest way to go sometimes, but there’s always room for improvement! The fastest hot meals are usually the least healthy ones like boxed mac and cheese or cup o’ noodles, but if you want something more substantial, try sprucing up a package of Top Ramen! (Oriental flavor of course, since it’s the only vegan flavor)
Usually we throw in some broccoli, pre-cut greens (again from Trader Joes) and fresh super firm tofu into the mix, but for this version we decided to get fancy and pan fry the tofu with sliced button mushrooms while the noodles and veggies were cooking with the seasoning packets.
Normally, if you use the suggested ratio of water to seasoning, the broth is extremely salty, but because of all the extra stuff going in, we added a lot more water (I think we ended up putting 12 cups of water for 3 packages of ramen, where normally it would be 6-9 cups). See the pretty colors!
We made so much I thought we’d have leftovers forever, but we finished it off for lunch the next day! I was skeptical the noodles would be too mushy and the broth too starchy when reheated, but the soup as a whole was still quite good after sitting in the fridge for hours.
I wouldn’t make this everyday, but we managed to balance out the healthiness – and don’t forget…Top Ramen is CHEAP! Feeding two people for two meals (which rounds to about 7 heaping bowls) cost less than 10 bucks, and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Take THAT Rachel Ray.
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