Ramen! The most popular college food! And it can be a ridiculously easy to make healthy meal. I will show you how.
what you need:
- 1 package Ramen chicken or vegetable flavor
- 1 piece chicken breast - frozen or not * (for protein)
- 1 cup frozen vegetables (or fresh)
* You can buy fresh chicken breast and freeze pieces separately or buy frozen chicken breast at Trader Joe's. They come in a bag with the pieces frozen separately and not as a 'block'. Both ways make it easy to use one piece of chicken at a time as you need it. Of course you can use left over chicken. You can also buy one or two pieces of cooked chicken at the supermarket.
what to do:
Gather your ingredients.
Of course fresh vegetables are better, but better frozen than none.
Put 2 1/2 cups water to boil.
Wash the frozen chicken under running water. It should soften a bit.
Pat it dry with a paper towel
If not so thick and hard cut in small pieces.
Put the chicken in the pan even if the water is not boiling.
Add a little salt and pepper.
Once the water is boiling reduce the heat put the lid on and let the chicken cook. About 10 minutes.
Check if the chicken is cooked through by cutting a piece in the middle. You should not see any pink meat.
Turn the heat up and let it boil then add 1 cup frozen vegetables.
The water will stop boiling so wait until it boils again.
Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and add the seasoning that comes with the Ramen.
You can add just half of the seasoning because that stuff is not really good for your body.
Add parsley and chives if you want. It's optional.
Let it simmer for 5 minutes to cook the veggies.
Add the ramen and let it cook for the usual 2 or 3 minutes according to the directions on the package.
Taste to see if you need more salt.
Suggestion: Always have frozen chicken and frozen veggies in the freezer so you can make this healthier version of ramen any time you want, instead of eating it 'plain'.
I would like to say again that it is better if you use fresh organic vegetables.
And you can also sauté the chicken with butter and onion.
But hey, I am giving you the easy way. So there you have it! Enjoy your healthy Ramen!!!