When I was in gradeschool, often I had cup of noodles in my lunch- they were great! But then I got older and realized the ingredients weren’t so great. I haven’t had ramen like that in a very long time but I was delighted when I came across the idea to meal prep my own in a nutritious way!
Now the key to making a great ramen jar of your own is creativity. There is no strict recipe here so you’re going to have to get creative with me friend! Are you ready for this? Lets go!
STEP 1: GATHER JARS
I just used good old mason jars and also some old peanut butter jars that I saved. You just need something with a tight screwing lid
STEP 2 : PREP VEGGIES, HERBS, & NOODLES
- frozen peas
- frozen broccoli
- kelp noodles
- bamboo shoots, canned
- carrot ribbons (cook faster, use a veggie peeler to make)
- green onions
- garlic granules
- cilantro, a lot
- mint, a lot
- mushrooms (add a lot of flavor)
- pineapple ( I used frozen for less mess)
Other ideas for you:
- fresh minced ginger, adds great flavor
- minced lemongrass, adds great flavor (skip if using red curry paste)
- thai basil, a lot
- ramen noodles, cooked al dente
- water chestnuts
- enoki mushroom
- bok choy, chopped, cooked or raw
- cabbage, shredded,
- bell peppers, sliced or diced, cooked or raw
- protein of some sort like pork belly, chicken, tempeh, boiled egg, or chickpeas
I could go on on and on but there’s some ideas.
So place the ingredients in your jars that don’t need cooked (like fresh herbs, the garlic granules, greens, bamboo, and frozen veggies). Then cook the ingredients that need cooked and add those to the jars. To save time fill each jar with the same ingredient all at one time then move on to the next ingredient.
TIME SAVING HACKS:
- Frozen veggies: they are already prepped and blanched for you. You could even use a stir fry blend. I threw mine straight in the jar, they defrosted, and it worked out great. Otherwise you will need to cook what needs cooked. (onions, mushrooms (or you could leave raw), protein, peppers, etc). You can also used canned to save time. You will also want to cook whatever noodles you are using almost until they’re done (al dente).
- Kelp noodles don’t need cooked! They are made from kelp which is a seaweed (so great for iodine content and gluten free) and only need rinsed and cut before use. Don’t worry they don’t taste like seaweed, they don’t really taste like anything actually
- Carrot ribbons, they take about zero time to cook, you could probably just add them to the jar raw actually
STEP 3: FLAVORING
Here’s what I have used:
- yellow hot curry powder
- 1 1/2 ish tsp of coconut oil (this is important because it gives the fatty mouthfeel of ramen)
- himilayan sea salt
- coconut aminos
- Miso Master chickpea miso
This is going to be the fun part. Since I am on the elimination diet, I’ve had to stay away from soy and peppers, a big bummer so I was a little limited as to what I could try out.
The key here is flavor because you will just be adding water which has no flavor. Herbs from above are really key here too, use a lot! I also found the addition of pineapple adds a nice sweetness. Here are some other ideas:
- thai kitchen red curry paste
- other curry pastes
- tamari (omit himalayan salt if you use), start with a couple tablespoons
- fish sauce, just a splash, omit himalayan salt if you use
- pho spices like cinnamon, star anise, clove
- red pepper flakes, just a pinch- would definitely recommend
- rice vinegar
- peanut butter or tahini
- soup base ( I stayed away from this because I don’t like the processed junk in most of these but feel free to use to give a more brothy taste. Lol I don’t think that’s a word.)
Once you figure out what suits you, add that to the jars. I don’t have measurements because it depend on what size jar you are using. I would say for a pint size start with about a teaspoon of seasonings and a tablespoon of pastes. Set in the fridge until ready to eat! I added my seasoning one day at a time and adjusted each day based on what I liked. Try out a few different flavors!
STEP 4: ADD HOT WATER AND DEVOUR
Heat up water to boiling and add. Stir up making sure the coconut oil melts and all the flavors meld. Enjoy!!
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Happy ramen making all and healthy wishes!
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