Ramen soup doesn’t have to be eaten plain

Include meat and vegetables in your ramen for a tasty meal that's also loaded with protein, iron, vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber.

Ramen soup might have been a staple during your college days or as a young parent without much money. That doesn’t mean you can’t still eat them, and you might even still enjoy them. So go ahead and pick up a package of ramen noodles . Just know that you can use them to create a variety of healthy and delicious dishes that go above and beyond simply eating noodles from a bowl.

Add-ins

If you have a freezer or refrigerator door full of vegetables , you have the easy and fast makings of a yummy ramen noodle meal. As the noodles cook, toss in a cup of frozen peas, corn, green beans, carrots, or a mixture of all of them. Sauté a small pan of zucchini, mushrooms , carrots, or bell peppers, and toss them with the ramen noodles after you add the seasoning packet.

Don’t throw out that leftover meat either. Toss shredded chicken, sliced beef, or flaked fish fillets into the ramen soup when it’s done cooking. Include meat and vegetables in your ramen for a tasty meal that’s also loaded with protein, iron, vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber.

Make your own broth

There’s no set-in-stone rule that you have to use the seasoning packet that comes in the ramen noodle packet. Toss it and create your own flavorful broth for a new twist on an old favorite. Cook the ramen noodles in homemade chicken, beef, or vegetable broth. Spice it up by adding minced garlic, parsley flakes, crushed red pepper and cracked black pepper. Or use your favorite combination of herbs and spices to add flavor to your ramen soup broth.

Crunchy salad

A bit of crunch in your salad is never a bad thing. Ramen noodles are the ideal source of that delicious crunch. Toss crushed, uncooked noodles with a mixture of shredded cabbage, sliced almonds, diced green onions, and shredded carrots. Dress the salad with a mixture of rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. This is an ideal salad to accompany fried rice or to take to an outdoor picnic .

Beef up your Asian recipes

A bit of cooked ramen noodles makes your favorite Asian-inspired meals into a more filling dish. Add chopped noodles to egg rolls or spring rolls before cooking. Add the noodles to stir fry or use them as a substitute for rice in a fried rice recipe. Toss the cold noodles with a sauce made with peanut butter , soy sauce, sesame oil, and diced scallions.

Add to eggs

You might have never considered mixing eggs with ramen noodles, but the combination is tasty and easy to put together. Add cooked ramen noodles to an egg frittata along with asparagus, cheese, and onions. Or add a raw egg to the ramen soup near the end of its cooking time, stir until the egg is cooked, and then add the seasoning packet.