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Ramen's probably one of the better known staple foods for college students, because it's cheap and there's a lot to go around. The dry packets of soup can usually be found next to rice and beans or in the Oriental food aisle. There are also different brands of ramen, but usually you can find boxes of 12 packs for $1.99. It's a whole lot of food for a small price. However, the actual soup is rather plain if eaten without any creative leeway. There are more than a few ways to spice up a ramen dish. Whether you want to add vegetables to the soup or you want to cook it with a different sauce in the oven, you can really do some amazing things with this versatile staple. So let's get started!
If you're a fan of Italian dressing, ditch the soup idea and go for a noodle salad with onions, olives, pepperoni and even kidney beans. This recipe calls for the following:
First cook noodles according to the package and drain. Do not add any water and save the spices or throw them away if you're not going to use later. Mix in the pepperoni, olives, beans and onions. Toss with the dressing and serve. This is a great lunch idea and it's super quick to make.
Big fans of chili may like this idea, and others may think it's a bit strange to use ramen. However, this recipe can make a ton of food and also give you a wonderful dinner or lunch. The ingredients are also very versatile, so you can add what you like into the mix. If you're a vegetarian, you can also create a meatless version of this dish. Here's the ingredients list:
Cook noodles just as directed on the package. Drain all the water from the noodles. Add the can of no bean chili, then add Doritos or Fritos. Stir in. Top the mixture with cheese. Voila! Quick and easy meal with a kick.
It's not impossible to get an amazing desert with ramen. In fact, it's incredibly yummy and cheap to do with chocolate and peanut butter. This is a little known recipe that will turn your simple ramen into a delicious after dinner or mid-afternoon snack that's just as sweet as it sounds.
Place 5 tbsp. of peanut butter into a small bowl. Keep 1 cup of ramen noodles in the package and break into 10 or so pieces. You can do this by hitting the package against the counter or just breaking it with your hands. Open the package and take each chunk of ramen out. Coat with peanut butter in the bowl. Place each coated ramen chunk on a cookie sheet. Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the peanut butter squares. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes and enjoy a delicious treat.
There are plenty more ramen recipes that you may enjoy. You can pick up many more simply by adding vegetables and getting a bit creative.