Making 10cents look classy

Ramen…the stereotypical college diet, but it can become quite….plain over time. The choices are wide, but this is something that you can cook and make it look like you worked hard (if they don’t realize the noodles look oddly familier) even though it takes about 5-10 mins to make. Anyway, I had to substitute lot for today because I just had some extra stuff frozen waiting to be cooked from St. Patty’s day and I didn’t want to go to the store for the third time. Maybe you’ll be inspired too! Here’s the site:

http://www.netfoodie.com/2008/02/17/stir-fried-ramen-noodles-recipe/

Ingredients:
3 packs of MAMA pork flavored noodles
2 large eggs, beaten
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup of onions, diced
1/2 cup of frozen peas and carrots
Cooking spray and/or vegetable oil

Method:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil with enough water to cover the noodles.
2. Remove the noodle from the packages and put the seasonings and oil to the side. These packets contain oil, seasonings and chili powder. Break each noodle brick into quarters and put into boiling water with 1 packet of included oil.
3. Boil on HIGH until al dente, or about 1 minute. You don’t want the noodles to be soggy and these noodles cook very quickly. Strain the noodles. Do not rinse.
4. Spray a pan or wok with some nonstick spray. Heat on MEDIUM. Add 1 tsp. of oil(optional). Add onions(I used frozen chopped onions) and garlic. Cook until garlic is lightly browned.
5. Add beaten eggs to the pan. Sprinkle eggs with half of a seasoning packet. Scramble the eggs until halfway cooked. You want the eggs a little runny so they stick to the noodles.
6. Add drained noodles back to the pan. Add 2 of the seasoning packets(chili powder optional). Add the frozen peas and carrots. Stir until the seasoning is even, eggs are cooked and peas and carrots are warm.

Notes:

So as you can tell from my pictures I had to substitute a lot of items. In my opinion, it still tasted fantastic. I love the idea of taking something that people usually think of as cheap and jazzing it up to look like a meal that was slaved over. If you are trying to keep your waistline in shape (other than round…like mine) you will want to be mindful of the sodium content that comes with Ramen. Extra sodium means water retention. I usually use half a packet of season with a whole block of noodles, but in this recipe I used a whole packet of seasoning with one and a half blocks of noodles. Next time I think I’ll try to add some lettuce or bok choy…MAYBE EVEN CHICKEN! Well…maybe chicken. We tend to eat the pork or beef flavors, so pork or beef flavored chicken might defeat the purpose, but who knows and why not? We’ll just have to explore! Anyway, as always happy cooking!

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