When I was a kid, my mom’s go-to sick kid meal was ramen noodles. Good old ramen. Boil that water, dunk the noodles in, add the dubious but ubiquitous flavor packet. Probably way too much sodium for anyone, but when you’re feeling sick, it’s bland and warm and reminds me of watching Nickelodeon on the couch.
Then came college, where ramen became a meal unto itself, perfect for when you can’t move off your bed (for whatever reason). Water was boiled in a electric tea kettle and noodles were eaten while reclined on a bed.
Now, ramen is for sick days and cold days and days when I can’t seem to get myself to the store for more food. These days, ramen can get fancy.
This ramen was born out of a need to eat and also not leave the house. It was a cold evening, and we were both feeling sniffly, and neither one of us wanted to venture into the howling black night in search of sustenance.
Ramen! With some chopped sautéed chicken breast, carrots, cilantro, and curry powder, it makes for a well-rounded meal. This is called beefed-up ramen, but that’s beef in the “make mo better” sense, not beef in the moo cow sense. Use whatever protein you like. Or don’t, won’t offend me none.
Beefed-Up Ramen Noodles
For a cold and windy day
- 2 packets of ramen noodles
- Meat of your choice
- 4 carrots
- A bunch of green onions
- Curry powder
- Cook that meat! However you want, really. Maybe sautee it? Or grill it? Or maybe roast it? Whatever. Just don’t overcook it. Do what you want! Be free like a bird! Set aside.
- Cut up your carrots into the sticks or coins or whatever. Hey, maybe toss in a few other veggi
- es you have around, like some broccoli or cauliflower or leeks. Whatever! Sautee/grill them all together.
- Boil a pot of water with a couple tablespoons of butter and a couple tablespoons of olive oil in it. When it’s boiling, add the noodles and remove from heat. Stir. Stir those noodles. Get your back into it. Get those noodles cooked, but just so. Al dente. For reals. Toss in some curry powder, I don’t know, maybe a couple teaspoons. Taste after each teaspoon. Don’t like curry? Then toss in whatever spice you like, weirdo! I’m not the spice police. You just want to spice it up so it’s doesn’t just taste like ramen. Maybe some cumin or lemon pepper or mustard. Whatever! Live your life!
- Toss your noodles and broth together with your mea
t and veggies.
- Voila! Beefed-up ramen!
Yeah, so this is kind of a throw-it-together, any idiot can do this kind of recipe, which is to say it’s not a recipe at all. It’s more of an idea that was born of desperation and hunger and serious lack of ingredients. Which is where the best ideas come from. And since it was a good idea, I thought I’d share. Plus, the last post I put up, I totally forgot to put in the recipe, so now I’m paranoid about the recipes.