Playing with Ramen and Fun Recipes

Ah, ramen. The ultimate cheap, quick meal. Many college students have thrived off of it. Taking only three minutes to cook, this meal is the ultimate lazy lunch and dinner. Despite this, ramen can get to be a very dull dinner. For many people, cooking ramen turns into an art, challenging themselves to take it further and experiment with recipes.

While at Whole Foods the other day slinging granola, I met a chef who was eager to talk about food. After telling him I didn’t know how to begin experimenting with different spices to create my own recipes, he told me the best way to start was experiment with ramen. Its basic flavor makes it the ultimate palate to test out various spices and herbs, and get accustomed to different tastes, for the novice chef to work their way up to creating their own recipes. Using this tactic, I find that I’m already much more accustomed to using spices and herbs on a whim, which I love!

After that fun experiment, I began scouring the Internet and other sources to look for tasty ramen recipes. I was surprised at what I found: almost every type of noodle recipe imaginable! Here’s three recipes from completely different ends of the spectrum that I’m the most excited about:

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Morning Goodness: Breakfast Treats Any Day

I’ve never been a big breakfast eater. I just don’t have the time for it, and I was never too fond of the cuisine. However, as I grew older and my taste buds expanded a bit, I started to find that some breakfast dishes, both classic and innovative, were tasty and nutritious. I’ve recently been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and humans SHOULD eat their biggest meal in the morning and work backwards. Nobody does, but here are a few dishes that might make that idea a little more appealing:

Crepes

Crepes are a great, versatile dish that can be made for any meal. For breakfast, I prefer to stuff them with fruit, because it’s more nutritious and gives the morning the kick it needs for me. However, crepes can literally be stuffed with hundreds of things, from apple cinnamon to chocolate, depending on what the chef/eater prefers. To make basic crepes:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray