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plgrn
01-10-2007, 03:33 PM
Love 'em or hate 'em you gotta admit they are extremely cheap! What are some creative and cheap ways to prepare them besides the usual? Looking forward to some unique ideas. :cutie:

Todd&Copper
01-10-2007, 03:35 PM
I haven't touched them since I graduated college, and then I usually just made them as directed. You can probably prepare the noodles, slice leftover chicken or pork and veggies, and stir fry everything in sesame oil for a quick lo mein?

Katie
01-10-2007, 03:36 PM
my kids love them.
Eat them for afterschool snacks!

Even I eat them some days :

gigi1313
01-10-2007, 03:44 PM
they're a fave here in our house... although i rarely use the entire pack of seasoning, that's where all the "bad" stuff is (fat, sodium, etc)

the way i enjoy them most is to crunch 'em up w/in the package... melt a little butter in a saucepan and dump the noodles and most of the seasoning packet in... brown them in the butter for about 10 minutes and serve them over salad... YUMMY!

mickeyfan2
01-10-2007, 03:46 PM
We make the noodles but discard the salt packet. We add meat and mixed veggies and some seasoning.

lyzziesmom
01-10-2007, 03:51 PM
We make them sort of as directed... except I drain them after cooking, and then add the seasoning and serve them as a side dish. My DD2.5 is very into soup right now, and I plan to try crunching them up to make them smaller, and then making as directed and adding some meat (I used canned chicken or pre-cooked chicken strips cut up) & veggies to beef it up a little.

jendon1997
01-10-2007, 03:52 PM
I like the nut salad (spinach and cole slaw mix) with the ramen noodles crushed as a topping. This is a cheap salad topping. YUMMY SALAD!!

My DD 2 loves the beef noodles. SO FATTENING THOUGH!!

tadamom
01-10-2007, 04:17 PM
My 2 year old DD loves for me to put shredded cheese over hers. I also keep leftover chicken breast and put in with it when I eat them. Sometimes I can't stand to look at them but for .25 cents - I'll get over it!!

plgrn
01-10-2007, 04:18 PM
I like the nut salad (spinach and cole slaw mix) with the ramen noodles crushed as a topping. This is a cheap salad topping. YUMMY SALAD!!

My DD 2 loves the beef noodles. SO FATTENING THOUGH!!


That salad sounds delish! Yes, I'm with your daughter...just had 2 packs for lunch. :rolleyes1 I drained them though and only used half a seasoning pack! :upsidedow

got2travel
01-10-2007, 04:35 PM
They make great stir fry noodles. I drain the water after cooking but leave about 1/4 cup then add the seasoning. Then add whatever vegetable/meat combination I'm in the mood for. Beef & Brocoli, Chicken & Snow Peas, Shrimp & Carrots, etc

I also have done a Ramen Stroganoff

1 Package Beef Flavored Ramen
2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
1 or 2 Tablespoons Flour for Thickening
3 oz of beef
1 1/2 Tablespoons Margarine

In a small saucepan cook the beef with one half tablespoon of margarine until no longer pink. Add 1/2 cup of water to the pan and the beef seasoning packet. Cook for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the noodles, drain well, and stir in 1 tablespoon of margarine. Add the sour cream to the beef mixture and thicken with flour. Serve sauce over the noodles.
Serves 1


Just a side note, I saw earlier this week that the creator of Top Ramen just died last week.

Natalie77
01-10-2007, 04:37 PM
I am not exactly sure what she did, but a friend of mine use to make ramen and then add an egg to it. It was sort of like egg drop soup. I thought if I posted this then someone else might have done this before and remember how to exactly.

got2travel
01-10-2007, 04:40 PM
Forgot about Cabbage Crunch.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Flavor packet from ramen noodles
1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
4 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 package ramen noodles, broken and uncooked
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
4 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped

Combine vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt and flavoring from ramen noodles.
Pour over shredded cabbage.
Add green onions, sesame seeds and chicken
Toss together. Just before serving, add ramen noodles, almonds

Philadisney
01-10-2007, 04:40 PM
oh man, i love ramen. I'll ususally got through a few weeks where I eat it for lunch all the time, then I don't want to touch it for about four months. I'm boring though, I always make it as directed, although I'm another one who only includes half the seasoning packet. Sometimes I do throw some frozen peas into the soup, yum.
Did you know the inventor of ramen noodles died just last week?
http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/01/06/noodlefounder_narrowweb__300x441,0.jpg

LoveBWVVBR
01-10-2007, 04:55 PM
Those things are so bad for you!! I admit, they are tasty though.

cvrapclark
01-10-2007, 05:01 PM
I use these in just a green salad and they are great!!! Just crunch them up and place in salad with mandarin oranges and such. It needs to sit for just a little while in frig to soften them up.

tyboyz
01-10-2007, 06:05 PM
its not the noodles that are so bad is it?? isn't it really the seasoning??

when i make them for my daughter i put half the seasoning packet and then i drain them again.

LoveBWVVBR
01-10-2007, 06:08 PM
No, I think that the noodles are really bad for you too. I heard that they're deep fried before they're dried out and packaged or something to that effect:confused3

ETA - Yep, they're fried...here's a link that explains them:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_noodle

mommiepoppins
01-10-2007, 06:18 PM
I have never eaten them however I do have a cheep meal ida
drain the noodles of all water
use ground turkey from aldi 79cents- cook it
add the noodles to the ground beef add buter and the season packet.. my dh loves it and so dose the kids and cheep!!!!

java
01-10-2007, 06:58 PM
Oh when we want to sodium up... we cook several packs drain the water add the spice pack and then add sauted chicken and broccoli to it*just cooked in butter and garlic with some oyster sauce*for added sodium... It is so yummy .but I need to drink about a gallon of water after and my bp shoot up... so eat at own risk...

2angelsinheaven
01-10-2007, 07:05 PM
From that article posted above:

"Ramen and similar products are often criticized as being unhealthy or junk food. A single serving of instant noodles is high in carbohydrates but low in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Noodles are typically fried as part of the manufacturing process, resulting in high levels of saturated fat and/or trans fat. Additionally, the broth contains the controversial ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG) as well as a high amount of sodium, usually in excess of 60% of the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance.

While many processed convenience foods leave much to be desired nutritionally, the particular concern over ramen is a response to its use as a dietary staple for many Americans. College students in particular consume large amounts of instant noodles; the wide availability, very low cost (often below 25¢; cost was 10¢-12¢ at Wal-Mart stores on November 18, 2006), ease and speed of preparation, and portability of the product make it appealing to young adults with little money and time to spare. A popular college urban legend states that a student gave himself scurvy by living on nothing but ramen for an entire year.

The most recent controversy surrounds dioxin and other hormone-like substances that could theoretically be extracted from the packaging and glues used to pack the instant noodles. As hot water is added, it was reasoned that harmful substances could seep into the soup. After a series of studies were conducted, this concern was found to be baseless."

However bad for me they are they are still yummy and cheap. I especially like the Creamy Chicken kind, yum!

luvgrumpy
01-10-2007, 07:51 PM
I like to eat them like noodles instead of soup like some PPs said. We just cook them in 1 cup of water though instead of 2 and they come out just right. I also break them before puttinig them in the water.

1of6
01-10-2007, 08:03 PM
I break them and then put them in the water. Boil them and drain all water. Butter them and add garlic salt or powder.

When I was pregnant I craved these with shredded cheese thrown on top. :rotfl:

Robinrs
01-10-2007, 08:09 PM
I like the noodles alone without the packet, too! My son likes them boiled then adds american cheese on it, microwaves it and he has his teenaged form of mac and cheese!

meresandwillsmom
01-10-2007, 08:47 PM
Forgot about Cabbage Crunch.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Flavor packet from ramen noodles
1/2 head of cabbage, shredded
4 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 package ramen noodles, broken and uncooked
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
4 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped

Combine vegetable oil, sugar, vinegar, salt and flavoring from ramen noodles.
Pour over shredded cabbage.
Add green onions, sesame seeds and chicken
Toss together. Just before serving, add ramen noodles, almonds

This is so yummy!:thumbsup2 A friend of mine brought it to our church Christmas party. I couldn't believe it was Ramen! She makes hers a little different, 1 pkg of slaw mix, Red Wine vinegar and no sesame seeds. My dd11 loves Ramen as directed. I have to limit how much she eats it though, she would eat it every day if I let her:rotfl:

Goofyzgurl
01-10-2007, 09:26 PM
I usually put them in boiling water and add an egg or two in there. I break the yoke and swirl it around and let it cook through. Or I'll cook them al dente, drain all the water, put some olive oil in it and use the seasoning and whatever meat I have on hand if I want. I love those things and so do the kids.

eeyoregon
01-10-2007, 09:53 PM
Skip the season pack, drain the water and toss with Yoshida's terriyaki marinade and meat of your choice. Can add in stir fried veggies too.

AllesonWonderland
01-10-2007, 10:14 PM
I remember when I was a teenage I used to make Ramen noodles, dump off all the water and then use the whole seasoning package. LOL You know, back when fat and sodium didn't matter?? :lmao:

My SIL just gave me a recipe she makes with Ramen noodles:

Asian Beef and Noodles

1 lb to 1 1/2 lb hamburger
2-4 packages Oriental flavored Ramen noodles (depending on how much hamburger you're using and how many people you are feeding. Use 2 for 1 lb. hamburger and 3 or 4 for more.)
3-4 cups frozen veggies--amount depends on size of your crowd ( frozen California blend plus some frozen pea pods is a good combination)
soy sauce to taste

Brown hamburger and drain grease

Sprinkle 1 seasoning packet from Ramen noodles onto hamburger, mix and set aside.

In your frying pan, ad 1 cup of water for each package Ramen noodles and the rest of the seasoning packets from the ramen noodles. Add frozen veggies, heat to boiling then lower heat to simmer until noodles and veggies are done (about 10 minutes or so) add seasoned hamburger, dash on as much soy sauce as you like and continue heating on low until liquid is pretty much gone.


I haven't tried this recipe yet, but her family likes it. Now, I need to get the ingredients for that Cabbage Crunch!! :)

bettyann29
01-10-2007, 10:17 PM
The way I make them is I put just a little water in a pan and bring to a boil.. I crush the ramen noodles.. Once it comes to a boil I pour noodles in and let cook about a minute.. I put the flavor mix in and stir..

I dont like mine soupy but more of just a noodle..

I also sometimes take corn in the can and drain the juice.. I put in a bowl with butter.. put in microwave..

Once done I drain the butter and then combine with the noodles..

Its yummy! My kids love them..

When it was just me and my kids on our own we had ramen noodles one night a week.. of course with corn.. A cheap dinner for less than $1!!

ceecee
01-10-2007, 10:22 PM
Kids at the pool this summer were eating the noodles uncooked straight from the package.

neatokimmo
01-10-2007, 11:12 PM
Does anyone remember when Campbells made a low fat version? They were so good!

I'm also a stir fry maker. 1 pound ground something, 1 lb bag frozen veggies, 2 packs of noodles, 1 pack of seasoning. The only thing is, it makes a lot and when you are single you have to eat it meal after meal.

You can repeat the above with your leftover seasoning pack and use rice instead.

I like the shrimp flavor best!

DisneyMommyMichelle
01-10-2007, 11:15 PM
LOVE these things, great ideas here!

drivencrazy
01-10-2007, 11:24 PM
At our house we put the noodles in a bowl, cover with water and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Drain the water (all but a tiny so the seasoning will mix well). Mix the seasoning package in (the older kidos do this themselves, I tell them not to use the whole package, but who know what they do!) I put just enough that you can see it when I make the younger ones theirs... Mix it, cut it and eat it up! All 4 of my kids love these... and I will only buy them when I find them .10-.15 each... I would never pay .25 for them!!

SylviaL
01-10-2007, 11:35 PM
I cook a frozen fish fillet in chicken broth with some scallions and a little bit of rice wine and little sesame oil. When it's cooked, I add noodles and some kind of green (my favorite is chinese broccoli). I throw away the seasoning packet. My family loves this. It's an easy lunch.

petchie
01-10-2007, 11:51 PM
Ramen Noodle Salad

Cook 3 packets of Oriental flavored Ramen Noodles in water and drain.
Mix flavor packets with mayonnaise (about a cup?)
after noodles cool, mix them together and throw in some colored vegetables. (broccoli, peas, tomato, whatever)

Is great when you find out your kid is bringing the gang home.

tynkerbell
01-11-2007, 12:17 AM
This is SO yummy!

Ramen Noodle Coleslaw
Slaw:
2 - 1 pound bags of cole slaw or broccoli slaw (or similar amount of cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, broccoli, etc. that you process yourself)
1 bunch of green onions (optional)

Dressing:
2 packages of Ramen noodle seasoning
1/3 cup cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
cup sugar (more or less to taste)
cup oil

Crunchies:
2 packages Ramen noodles, broken up (Oriental flavor - or 1 oriental, 1 chicken)
4 oz. package of almond slivers
4 oz. package of sunflower seeds (shelled)

Combine salad ingredients and dressing ingredients separately. Toss salad with dressing and crunchies right before serving.

Do not add dressing until just before ready to serve. If taking this dish away from home, transport the dressing and the noodles/seeds/nuts in a separate container.

DisneyMommyMichelle
01-11-2007, 12:19 AM
At our house we put the noodles in a bowl, cover with water and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Drain the water (all but a tiny so the seasoning will mix well). Mix the seasoning package in (the older kidos do this themselves, I tell them not to use the whole package, but who know what they do!) I put just enough that you can see it when I make the younger ones theirs... Mix it, cut it and eat it up! All 4 of my kids love these... and I will only buy them when I find them .10-.15 each... I would never pay .25 for them!!
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We do it this way too!!

Wickedmom75
01-11-2007, 08:21 AM
I LOVE to eat ramen noodles raw :yay: , straight out of the package. It is just like eating potato chips for me just a little messier. I am going to try the recipes that have been posted they sound really good :)

Pooh_Friend#1
01-11-2007, 08:39 AM
They actually sell cookbooks for Ramon noodles:

http://www.amazon.com/Ways-Make-Ramen-Noodles-Cookbook/dp/0962633526

dvcgirl
01-11-2007, 08:45 AM
Ramen noodles aren't just bad for you they are *terrible* for you.

One package has nearly 400 calories, 16 grams of fat (half of that fat being saturated), and almost *1600mg* of sodium. Calorie-count.com gives it a grade of D-. I won't dispute that they are cheap, but the stuff is poison for your body.

mom2my3kids
01-11-2007, 09:14 AM
I love Ramen Noodles, my kids love the cup ones I prefer the package kind you make on the stove.

Robinrs
01-11-2007, 09:29 AM
Ramen noodles aren't just bad for you they are *terrible* for you.

One package has nearly 400 calories, 16 grams of fat (half of that fat being saturated), and almost *1600mg* of sodium. Calorie-count.com gives it a grade of D-. I won't dispute that they are cheap, but the stuff is poison for your body.

LOTS of foods are bad for you, in fact MOST of the foods in America are. I might eat a packet once every 4 months, but it's not a staple in our diet by any stretch.

Add those statistics to burgers, donuts, sweet coffees, alcoholic drinks, milk chocolate, french fries...lots of horrendous things we eat that are BAD for us. As long as you don't eat them regularly it's not a huge problem

I have a serious intestinal disease which is made worse by certain types of food. I avoid them 99% of the time but know the consequences if I do not. My problem is instantaneous, not down the line like some people so I have to be mindful of what I eat constantly.

I'm sure thinking adults do not eat ramen for breakfast lunch and dinner so the D- should not kill us.

I guess the next Super Size Me will be about ramen noodles!

theycallmered
01-11-2007, 10:03 AM
they're a fave here in our house... although i rarely use the entire pack of seasoning, that's where all the "bad" stuff is (fat, sodium, etc)


While I am sure that the sodium comes from that little 'flavor packet'...Ummm, I always thought that all the fat came from the noodles as that they are DEEP FRIED!! :confused3

Those things are sooo bad for you. I blame Ramen and the friends I made in college (Jack Daniels, Sam Adams, Morgan, and Jose Quarvo) for my 20 lb weight gain.:scared1:

disnutt
01-11-2007, 10:13 AM
I make mine w/ a little less water and about 3/4 of the seasoning pkt. Then about 1 minute before they are done I carefully crack an egg on top of the noodles cover it and 'poach' it until all the white is done. I carefully pour it into a bowl trying to get the egg to settle on top of the noodles. Then I pop the egg and stir it all up. Learned this trick from my Japanese college roomies. Sometimes I also add an extra splash of soy sauce and a drop of sesame oil to the mix. Tastes great but I'm sure the sodium and fat are horrible.

jendon1997
01-11-2007, 10:19 AM
NUTTY SALAD

Dressing:
3/4 cup salad oil
1 heaping tsp. Accent
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash
4Tbsp. Sugar
6Tbsp. Rice vinegar

Mix together all of the above in a wide mouth jar. Save time and make dressing a day before. Keep refrigerated. Shake well before using.

NEXT:
8 Tbsp. Slivered almonds(usually one small bag)
2 HEAPING Tbsp. Sesame seeds(more if you like)

Brown almonds in a pam sprayed skillet. When almost brown add sesame seeds until brown. Do not burn.

SALAD:
1 Large pkg. Cole slaw salad mix
1 pkg. Fresh spinach(baby spinach is excellent) cleaned and dry.
8 green scallions, thinly sliced(Im not an onion person so I do not add these)

Mix together in a large bowl. Add cooled almonds and sesame seeds. Refrigerate.

Topper:
2 pkgs Top Ramen Noodle Soup(flavor packet not used). Crush up in the bag or use a storage bag.

At time of serving, add ramen noodles on top of the salad and mix. Pour dressing on and serve.

2angelsinheaven
01-11-2007, 10:28 AM
Have you ever noticed the grease that settles after you cook these, just wipe the pot out with a paper towel, ewwww. But they do taste yummy. The fat is most certainly from the noodles as my fiance' doesn't use the seasoning but you can still see the coating of oil the noodles leave.

Also anyone else realize one package is actually two servings? So double what the fat/calories are since it says it should feed two.

CheshireVal
01-11-2007, 10:41 AM
These were a staple for me in college, but I eat them maybe only once or twice a year now.

I used to dump a can of mushroom slices in as the noodles were boiling and then add the seasoning packet before I drained the noodles. That way, they had a little of the flavor but weren't overwhelming.

jordansmomma
01-11-2007, 10:47 AM
While I am sure that the sodium comes from that little 'flavor packet'...Ummm, I always thought that all the fat came from the noodles as that they are DEEP FRIED!! :confused3

Those things are sooo bad for you. I blame Ramen and the friends I made in college (Jack Daniels, Sam Adams, Morgan, and Jose Quarvo) for my 20 lb weight gain.:scared1:


That is too funny, i also currently blame my friends Red bull & Tarantula :lmao: :lmao:

Anywho my DS6 loves top ramen!! He would eat like 2 pkgs if i would let him. I guess i never realized how bad they were for you.

dvcgirl
01-11-2007, 10:55 AM
LOTS of foods are bad for you, in fact MOST of the foods in America are. I might eat a packet once every 4 months, but it's not a staple in our diet by any stretch.

Add those statistics to burgers, donuts, sweet coffees, alcoholic drinks, milk chocolate, french fries...lots of horrendous things we eat that are BAD for us. As long as you don't eat them regularly it's not a huge problem

I have a serious intestinal disease which is made worse by certain types of food. I avoid them 99% of the time but know the consequences if I do not. My problem is instantaneous, not down the line like some people so I have to be mindful of what I eat constantly.

I'm sure thinking adults do not eat ramen for breakfast lunch and dinner so the D- should not kill us.

I guess the next Super Size Me will be about ramen noodles!

You are absolutely correct....burgers, donuts, sweet coffees, alcohol and french fries are really bad for you. Fat free organic milk is actually good for you though....and chocolate in very small amounts has some good qualities too.

Most of the food in America is bad for us? Well, if you are talking about the highly processed, packaged crap that fills most of the aisles in our grocery stores....yes, it is. If you are talking nearly every restaurant in America....yes it is. But if you buy *real* food, like vegetables and fruits, whole grains and good protein sources and prepare them yourself, it is still possible to eat a healthy diet in this country.

KristiKelly
01-11-2007, 10:57 AM
During football season, DS eats Oodles of Noodles and a PB&J everyday that he has practice or a game. Carbs give him energy, Salt keeps him from dehydrating, and the PB&J provides protein to keep him going. He loves it and it's so cheap.:thumbsup2

Bowen9475
01-11-2007, 11:51 AM
I have a great stir fry recipe:

1 pound boneless sirloin steak about 1/2 inch thick
2 3oz packages beef flavored ramen noodles
2 c water
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
2 T oil
1/2 pound broccoli florets
2 thinly sliced, peeled carrots

Cut the steak into thin strips. Combine the seasoning packets, 1/2 c water and the cornstarch in a large bowl. Marinate the beef. Heat 1 T oil in a large skillet on med/high until hot. Stir fry the veggies for 1 minute. Add the broken up noodles and 1 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the noodles to a platter and keep warm. In the same skilllet heat 1 T oil again until hot. Add the beef and juice and stir fry until cooked through. Spoon the beef and juices over the noodles and serve.

We have also made it with chicken and chicken flavored noodles. The beef one is a favorite in our house. Enjoy!