Ramen Noodles: What to Do With Them?

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When it comes to inexpensive meals, you can't get much cheaper than Ramen Noodles—unless you can think of another product that costs $0.20? I didn't think so.

Unfortunately, there's a problem. Ramen isn't so good for us, especially with all that sodium and next-to-no nutritional value. But it's so cheap! And so easy to prepare!

There must be some way to make Ramen healthier?


Actually, there is a way: By adding vegetables and healthy, lean protein (such as chicken or fish) you can increase the nutritional value of each Ramen packet. You can also cut down on sodium by decreasing the amount of powder from the seasoning packets and substituting your own garlic, herbs, and spices.  Finally, make sure that Ramen Noodles are not the only option at mealtime; in other words, this might be a good time to serve an extra veggie on the side or a nice, fresh salad. I'm not saying we should eat Ramen every day, of course. But in a pinch, it can be a cheap option that's part of a well-balanced meal.

Here's a recipe from a friend of mine for Broccoli Ramen Noodle Salad side dish that's always a hit at get-togethers:

Broccoli Ramen Salad

1/2 to 3/4 cups vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup white vinegar

16 oz. of broccoli slaw

2 packs of crushed Ramen

2 seasoning packets from the Ramen

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup chopped green onions

Combine all ingredients. It's best to make this salad shortly before serving; otherwise, the Ramen loses it's crunch after several hours. What fun is that?


I found a few more healthy-ish recipes using Ramen on these sites:


Does your family ever eat Ramen Noodles? How do you serve them?

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mamak57 mamak57

for me the best place for Ramen noodles is in the trash but hubby likes them in his lunch sometimes

fluud7 fluud7

rice and beans are just as cheap and FAR healthier.

Fista... Fistandantalus

Ramen noodles cost our family $600.  Here's how.  My son wanted to try them and had them for lunch every day for a week.  He developed a bowel obstruction that was what now? A direct result of ramen noodles.  The recipe posted here does amp up the vegetable fiber appreciably and if one's going to work with ramen noodles, doing something like that up there is certainly the way to do with it BUT, cut out the seasoning packets altogether and substitute in Mrs. Dash or something else salt-free.

NJMom... NJMom2Tyler

My son is addicted...ugh. But we restrict him from having it so much. It'll be a treat to have every few weeks or so if he wants to eat it on the weekend.

Norah... NorahSethsMommy

Throw them away! They are about the most unhealthy thing you can put in your body! Chemicals, fat, just pure nastiness with absolutely no redeeming value, other than maybe taste. Our children are worth more. You are better off letting them eat a donut for a meal or snack than the poison that is Ramen Noodles.

Jason... JasonsMom2007

No way my son is ever eating this junk!  Hubby eats it sometimes but none for DS and I.  We will stick with rice and beans for low cost food options!

SotilSol SotilSol

Sometimes I make a huge pot for dinner with some veggies and ground turkey thrown in. 

Galda... Galdarisimom

Ramen noodles are not poison.  If you eat them every day for every meal you will be malnourished, but really who does that.  I think that it is fine in moderation and I like the ideas you have for amping up the nutrition in them.  Also they have baked ramen noodles now too.  I buy them at the commissary, so I don't know the grocery price of them, but they were only a little more expensive than the regular. 

roach... roachiesmom

Wow.  I had them every day for almost three years, both cooked and crunchy, and never had anything obstructed.  True, I don't eat the season packets with the cooked ones (not because they are unhealthy, that's not how I roll -- I just don't like them).  I cook and drain them, then add some soy sauce.  Raw, I eat them by dipping them into the dry oriental season packet.  My kids like them both ways, plus occasionally the traditional way.  I picked a fine time to finally get tired of them, money-wise, though. 

Dixie... DixieRoadrash

We eat Ramen quite a bit over here. Of course we usually doctor it up to be more like "real" ramen by adding meat, veggies, and additional seasonings.

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