One of the items that I missed when I had to go gluten free was Ramen Noodles. I love ramen noodles and the versatility they could offer in a simple lunch or dinner. Soon however I discovered that rice noodles, like ramen noodles, could be found. They are also cheap to buy, not as cheap as the ramen but still $0.79 is not bad at all. I tend not to use the "flavor" packet, I didn't with the ramen either as they usually have MSG or simply made up of 90% salt (yes I know MSG is a sodium but not all of the packets have MSG just other salts). Now, if you are living in a dorm room and just have a refrigerator and a microwave, you can still make this dish. Instead of the fresh vegi's, you can use frozen of your choice. You can still have the hard boiled egg and I will show you how below.
I love how simple and clean this meal is and to go vegan by just omitting the egg. For this lunch, I used spinach, avocado, radish, green onion and cilantro. Really you can use just about anything. I don't cook the fresh vegi's. Once the noodles and egg are done, I just add them to the bowl, push them down and wait maybe 2-5 minutes, depending on how hungry I am. If you wanted a little more protein, add some cooked chicken or tofu.
1 Packet Rice noodles of your choice
2 Green Onions
1 cup rough chopped Spinach
2 TBSP rough chopped Cilantro
1/4 cup small Cherry Tomatoes
2 TBSP GF Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 TBSP Hoisin Sauce
1/2 TBSP Sesame Oil
1/2 TBSP Chili Oil
1 1/2 cup Water
Pepper to taste
OR instead of the fresh use (everything else is the same)
1 Cup mixed Frozen Veggi's
Start by adding the water to a microwavable bowl.
Using the tine of a fork, firmly hold the egg in your hand but do not rest the egg on the hard surface, just in your hand. Gently poke a hole in the top of the egg. Not too small, about the width of the tine. Place in the water and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Take the bowl out, BE CAREFUL it will be hot.
Add the noodles and Frozen Vegi's (if you are using them)
Cook on high another 2 minutes
Using a large spoon, remove the egg and place into a glass of water
Cook noodles for another minute
Crack open egg and place in bowl
Add Hoisin, Sesame and Chili Oils and Soy sauce. You can also add garlic (minced) and ginger (minced) about a 1/4 teaspoon each. You can adjust the seasonings for your own taste.
*Word of caution: While it is easy to microwave the egg to hardboil it, you must poke a hole large enough to relieve pressure but not big enough for all the whites to seep out. Also, do not microwave for the 4 minutes straight, I find that it will still blow up. It seems to need the short stop in the middle.
Don't do this, the egg will just break
Holding it firmly in your hand, poke the hole. The size hole above is perfect
Place it into the bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, remove and add the noodles and microwave for another 2 minutes. Remove the egg and place into a glass of water or peel it under running cold water.
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It's the one you have,
Just so you know this can be a lunch or a dinner. I had it for lunch so it 's kind of stuck in my mind that way. It being a Sunday and all, I wanted to eat something that was not a salad, sandwich or a chip. you know how it is, you go all week eating the right thing and suddenly the weekend rolls around and the only thing you feel like doing is grabbing stuff out of the pantry. Hell, you will even grab the stuff thats fallen to the bottom of the pantry if it means not cooking. Admit it, you know you do. No? Ok maybe it's just me.
Anyway, I had made some noodles the night before and didn't want the left overs to go to waste. Plus, I was out of the sauce that I had made for the noodles anyway. On occasion with left over noodles I will just heat them up, butter them and throw in whatever cheese is in the fridge. Not this day. Since the pantry had been cleaned recently, by me of coarse, there was nothing floating around in the bottom. Boo. I found the spinach from the other night still in the fridge, mushrooms and a few other items and came up with the recipe below. Gotta tell ya, it was damn good.
1-2 cups Cooked Noodles of your choice. I use a GF brand that is not high in brown rice
1-2 green onions, rough chopped
1/4 cup Yellow Onion
1 TSP minced Garlic
1/2 cup fresh Sliced Mushrooms
1/2 stick butter
2 cups baby Spinach
1/4 cup grated Sheep Milk Cheese
1 1/2-2 TBSP Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Throw some butter and garlic in the pan and the onions and sauté them until they are just translucent. At this point you can throw in other vegi's if you like. Maybe some grape tomatoes, I tossed in the mushrooms and sautéd till almost soft. Make a circle in the middle of the pan. Add more butter and put your noodles in the middle. They are going to stick so using tongs quickly turn them over and over coating them with butter. Now throw on the spinach, followed by the Sheep Milk Cheese and cover the pan. All you are doing is wilting the spinach and melting the cheese. Should only a few minutes. Once the cheese is melted, move to a serving plate and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Done!!
These were the noodles that I had cooked the night before. You can probably figure out the brand from the picture. I think they are the best out there!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. If you did, please leave a comment!
Have a great day and remember, enjoy life.
It's the one you have.