Friday 28 December 2012

Secret Vegetable Ramen

My fella loves these noodles.  But loving veggies?  Not so much.

I like to give my guy stuff that he enjoys but I want to keep him healthy too.

What's a girl to do?

Here's how I give my meatatrian the ramen he loves but sneak some nutrition in there too.  

The finished dish has 1-1/2 to 2 times the quantity of vegetables that it does noodles, but my fella actually likes carrots and thinks they're the only vegetable in the dish.  The finely sliced onions and cabbage mimic the shape and colour of the noodles so he doesn't even notice that they're there.

You'll need:

  • ramen noodles
  • thinly sliced onion, 1/2 to 3/4 cup for each package of noodles used
  • thinly sliced cabbage, an amount roughly equal to the quantity of noodles you'll be cooking. (Slice your onion and cabbage very thinly.  You want the shreds to mimic the shape and size of the noodles.)
  • shredded carrots, about 3/4 cup for each package of noodles use
  • 3 cups of stock for each package of noodles used (I used homemade chicken stock this time, but any flavourful stock will do.)
  • toasted sesame oil to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Open the ramen package and throw away the flavouring packet.  There is nothing good in that little foil envelope.   

I usually break the noodles up into shorter strands before cooking them but that is, of course, entirely optional.

Place the vegetables and stock in a saucepan, bring them to a hard boil, and cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp.

Add in the ramen and cook the dish for 3 minutes longer.

Much of the liquid will have boiled away, but drain off what remains and save it.  It's now quite concentrated and will add good flavour to another dish.

Return the drained ramen mixture to the pan and add in a little sesame oil.  You won't need much; it's strongly flavoured.  I use about 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil for each package of ramen I've cooked.

Season the dish to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Toss the noodles and vegetables until seasonings and oil are distributed throughout, then transfer them to a serving dish.  Secret Vegetable Ramen is best served piping hot.


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Anonymous said...

I'll admit that once in a while I fancy good noodle s which I buy at the Asian store or in the Asian aisle at the supermarket. I don't fancy Mr.Noodle at all. I add in bok choy, sesame oil, mushrooms and a can of tuna to top it off. I love it!

Aunt B said...

People are funny about what they like and don't like, aren't they? I'm not wild about Mr. Noodle either, but my fella LOVES them! I'm glad I found a healthier way to serve them. Even I can enjoy them this way.

Joy said...

I love the way you made ramen noodles healthier, tastier, and so attractive! I identify with what you said in your response above: "even I can enjoy them this way"! Thanks! :)
~Joy from Yesterfood

Aunt B said...

Thank you Joy. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I appreciate you stopping by to check it out. :)

April J Harris said...

Your Ramen looks delicious! What a great way to sneak in some veggies as well as making the noodles taste even better. My son loves these packets, but he also loves vegetables and is concerned about the little packets of seasoning. I'm going to share your recipe with him :)

Alea Milham said...

My husband has a thing for ramen too. Though he often uses it to make his "Rotten Vegetable Soup". He takes all the veggies that are getting old and add them to his ramen to make soup. Despite its name it is quite delicious. :)

Aunt B said...

Thanks April! I'm glad you think it worth passing on to your boy. I'm flattered!

Aunt B said...

Cool, Alea! We call it Clean Out the Fridge Soup. My fella will certainly like Rotten Vegetable Soup much better. :)

Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

That looks soo good! Might give it a try. Thanks for sharing it. I hopped over from Six Sisters' Stuff.

Aunt B said...

Thanks for stopping in Kelli. :) I'm glad you liked the post.

Unknown said...

My hubby likes ramen noodles also but he likes his veggies too so he probably would love this. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

Aunt B said...

I'm glad you like the idea Marlys. I hope your fella enjoys it too.