Author: Emma Chapman,Comfort Foods,Food,Halfway Homemade,Meal Ideas,Soups,

Fancy ramen noodles!!! abeautifulmess.comThis isn't so much a recipe as just a good idea. Ramen noodles are awesome, right?! Maybe not exactly nutrient-rich, but awesome. Not only are they warm and filling, but they became a somewhat common after-school snack at my house when I was growing up. Think middle school/early high school. I didn't exactly know how to cook ANYTHING yet. So Ramen noodles were a perfect choice for those chilling afternoons. I'm not embarrassed to say I still like to indulge in Ramen every now and again, especially since Trey is also a Ramen lover. :) If you too are a Ramen lover like us, here are a few ideas to spice up your next bowl of soup.How to make fancy ramenYou can just cook the noodles according the package directions. Sure. But why not add a few fresh vegetables, spices and some protein and make a more rounded and filling meal. Choose a few veggies, like: shredded carrots, peas, edamame, bok choy, broccoli, green onions, garlic, ginger, etc. Chop or shred them (so they are easy to scoop up with the noodles) and saute them until soft in a few oils + spices. You might try: sesame oil, soy sauce, worcheshire, sriracha, chinese five spice, curry powder, etc. Get creative!

Now you're ready to cook the noodles. Follow the package directions. I like to add some (about half) of the package of spice that comes with Ramen. I like the flavors (it's nostalgic!) but it's crazy high in sodium, so I scale it back. Plus you're about to add in all those nicely flavored veggies.Perfect soft boiled eggs abeautifulmess.comYou can add any protein you like: soft boiled eggs, cooked shrimp or shredded chicken. Whatever you prefer. If you've never made soft boiled eggs before here's my method: Add 2-4 eggs to a small pan. Fill with water so that the eggs are full submerged. Heat the water until it comes to a rolling boil. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let that sit for 3-5 minutes. If you like your eggs less cooked (more gooey/runny in the center) only let it sit for 3 minutes. If you like them a little more cooked (like me) leave the lid on for 4-5 minutes. Drain the hot water and submerge the eggs in cold water until they are cool enough to handle. Peel off the shell and serve warm in the soup!Fancy ramen noodles abeautifulmess.comOnce everything is ready to come together I like to sprinkle on just a bit more pepper and red pepper flakes. What do you like to add to your Ramen noodles? xo. Emma


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