Ramen is not just for college students - it is very versatile, inexpensive and easy to use. There are many times I ditch the little spice packet and add my own seasonings, sauce or extras. (But keep the packet handy because it is a great substitute for bouillon cubes.)
This dish is a perfect example. First, I should confess... Hubby and I are sorta condiment addicts. Seriously. With all the sauces, marinades, mixes, pickled items, ketchup's, different mustard's in our fridge.... there isn't much space for actual food!
Here is a line up of just our Asian items (and some of these are actually stored in the pantry. We will talk about the container of condiments in the pantry another day.) I would like to add, that since this photo, another bottle/flavor has been added to our condiment family.
So, when I set out to make this dish I had lots of options! I decided to combine the PF Changs Orange (SO YUMMY!) with the Garlic Ginger - but absolutely pick your favorite stir fry flavor or combo of flavors.
Veggie Ramen Stir Fry
- 1 ramen packet (doesn't matter the flavor, we aren't using the spice packet)
- 1 cup frozen veggies
- 1/8 cup sauce of your choice
- Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add ramen noodles and cook 3 minutes or just until soft.
- Remove noodles from heat - strain, reserving 1/4 cup of the noodle water.
- Spray a small skillet with non-stick spray and put on medium-high heat. Add frozen veggies, stirring often until cooked through (just a couple minutes!).
- Turn heat to medium-low; add your stir fry sauce and reserved noodle water, stirring well. Let simmer until liquid thickens slightly.
- Remove from heat before adding the noodles. Toss and stir to coat noodles with sauce.
- Grab some chopsticks and enjoy!
Let me tell you how wonderful this is! You can easily change the dish with your choice of stir fry sauce, veggie mix or even add meat. (leftover chicken breast from dinner last night? How about some shredded pork or beef?!? Yum!)
Also, there is the cost breakdown:
- Ramen: 15-18 cents
- Veggies: I bought an entire bag for $1.83, which makes approx 4 servings. (45 cents per serving) But use veggies leftover from the day before and the savings are even better!
- Sauce: One bottle=approx. $4.00, 8-10 servings. (40-50 cents per serving)
- Total: $1.00 - $1.13 per serving. That means you could make this a meal for 4 for less than $5.00!!!
How do you like to eat Ramen?
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