Once in awhile, like most people, I get a hankering for “gross foods”. “Gross foods”, for me at least, correlate to foods that don’t do much in the way of improving one’s health and all in all, lack any nutrition content. But them gross foods sureeee doooo hit the spot!!! Ramen noodles are one of the foods that most certainly fall under this category. Lacking a large amount of protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, this a food that you eat at night when you are super starved, kind of craving something salty and don’t feel like putting too much thought into your meal. Ironically though ramen soups, and similar soups like Pho, have been popping up as staple menu items in restaurants all over the world. So why not enjoy some “gross foods” after enduring a frenzied day?
The only variety of “Top Ramen” noodles that are vegetarian, would be the “Oriental” variety. To dress up this ramen, I simply throw in a bunch of veggies, and at times tofu or fake meat. Typically Lauren and I seek out a bag of frozen veggies that have a blend of mushrooms, broccoli, and green beans, but then once in awhile on these “gross foods” nights, we may have enough energy to chop up fresh veggies and throw them in the mix.
Simply cook the ramen according to package directions and throw in the veggies whilst boiling the noodles. Once everything is soft, but not too soft, because ramen noodles that are too soft take on an engorged and watery quality, add the seasoning packet. Now add a combination of garlic powder, curry powder, and a sprinkle of reduced sodium soy sauce. Or choose of those or hey, just be creative!
Again, this is not a nutritioius food! Do not go crazy and have too many “gross foods” nights, ramen is only something you should eat once in awhile, for us, that “once in awhile” was this evening. 😉 Bon apetit!