Let’s be real – all college students are pros at making instant noodles. Hell, I can make that dish blacked out, crying and half naked and have it come out looking like Chef Ramsey made it. It’s easy and simple and gets the job done. However, as we all know, as we grow older, our metabolism slowly starts to not be so kind to us anymore and devouring instant noodles is probably not the best habit to rely on. So, how do we turn this starch-heavy dish into a well-balanced “adult-like” meal?
Let’s take it to the next level
Sever the ties with the MSG Packet.
Only use half of the sodium packet – your blood pressure will thank me later and you really don’t need to use it all to get lots of flavor. If you think it’s still lacking, add other condiments, like our well-beloved friend Sriracha or even honey mustard, to the mix instead.
Get your protein fix
The easiest (and cheapest) option is adding an egg. This can be as simple as dropping an egg into the boiling water in the last 1-2 minutes of the noodle’s cooking time. You can also get real fancy with pan-frying an egg and placing it on top of the noodles once they are done cooking.
Protip: The sodium and water from the broth combined with an egg are GREAT for hangovers (I can personally attest to this and so can science).
If you’re an avid meat-eater, try adding chicken/pork/beef/whatever choice of meat you like. To do so, cut the meat into thin slices and while the noodles are simmering, drop those bad boys in the hot broth.
Get your greens
We may not like these so much, but in the long-run, you won’t regret eating your veggies. If you’re impatient and/or hangry, try adding some quick-cooking vegetables like spinach or bean sprouts. If you’ve got some time on your hands, throw some cabbage or snow peas in the mix at the beginning of the cook time for the noodles. Frozen vegetables are also great options but just be sure to defrost them completely prior to including them into the broth.
Get those creative juices flowing and experiment with new ingredients! Anybody else have some ideas to upgrade their instant noodles?
Do this once on Sunday and have prepped chicken and greens for the week! It’s a nutritious and delicious meal for lunches that’ll get you through the rest of the day energized with zero indigestion (because no one liked a gassy or complaining colleague).
First choose your type of chicken. To save time I would recommend chicken breasts. They’re easy to cut into small bite size pieces for the salad, however a whole chicken can work it’ll just take longer.
I like one chicken breast a meal but ill leave that for the reader to decide.
Click here for a quick video for chicken marinade
Ingredients you’ll need for marinade:
- 1 ½cups buttermilk or plain yogurt
- 1cup packed basil leaves
- ¼cup packed chives
- 2garlic cloves, peeled
- 2anchovy fillets (optional)
- 1scallion, white and green parts
- Finely grated zest and juice of 1lime
- 2teaspoons coarse kosher salt
- 1teaspoon black pepper
- 1(4- to 5-pound) chicken, halved through the breast and back bones, patted dry with paper towels
- 1 to 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Ingredients for salad:
- 50/50 Baby Arugula/Spinach Mix or any type of mix greens. A little Kale doesn’t hurt.
- 3 lemons
- Pepitas or Pine Nuts
- Parmesan or Feta
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Herb Mix: Dill, Parsley, Chive
- Jalapenos for a Kick
70% Lemon Juice 30% Olive Oil
- After you’ve completed the marinade (hopefully adding jalapenos) let the chicken sit for a couple hours or over night.
- After either cooking the chicken on stove or grill. (Cut up chicken first before cooking on stove to speed up process)
- On grill cook chicken six to seven minutes a side.
- Check out the blog post on cooking meat perfect each time.
Step 2 The Greens:
- Grab two handfuls of your greens. Sprinkle on Pepitas/Pine Nuts.
- Add Parmesan and herbs daily to the greens to keep them fresh.
- Cut lemons in half and then half again with open face down on cutting board. Use two quarters for each salad.
- Cut tomatoes in half on Sunday or quickly in the morning before heading out.
- Step 3 Getting Out the Door:
Throw the mix of greens and chicken into a to go contained and go on with the day.
Cooking can be hard – from deciding what you want to make in the first place, to actually executing a recipe so it comes out the way you want it to – there are endless places for error.
Luckily, I inherited a really simple trick that enables you to test the “doneness” of your meat without having to cut it open. It’s called the “press test.”
From here on out I will refer to the fatty-part-of-your-palm-at-the-bottom-of-your-thumb as your palm.
The press test works on all kinds of meat and it is incredibly easy.
You will need: two hands, a piece of meat, something to cook it on and some sort of cooking implement.
Once you’ve been cooking your meat for a few minutes and you feel as though you’re ready to test the doneness, bring your thumb and pointer finger together as though you’re making a loose “ok” symbol.
Then, press your palm and take note of how it feels – if you press on your meat (with your cooking tool of choice) and it feels about the same as your palm, it is rare.
This test can be repeated using your other fingers in order to achieve different levels of doneness.
Getting together with friends on a sunny afternoon, grilling burgers, drinking a cold beer and anticipating a huge food coma sounds like the right ingredients for a perfect BBQ. But we all know it’s not complete without some really good tunes. I mean, it could be fun to listen to your Mom ask you if you’re really going to have another drink, but we’re pretty practical and old-fashioned. We ignore her, crack two in front of her, and turn up the tunes and share some good vibes all the way into the evening.
A good playlist really makes a difference, and it’s often overlooked. And I get it, your Dad might want to DJ. But when he’s done telling you how much he’s really liking T-Swift these days, and when you can’t handle him shredding the air guitar to the Free Bird solo, plug this playlist in and tell people you’ve got it covered, then hide the cord.
We hope to get you looking like this:
Also these can be listened to whenever and wherever so don’t discriminate.
Backyard BBQ Playlist
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The Greeks have been fu*king up international finance lately, but their one redeemable quality is the simplicity of their Greek Salad.
It’s just so cheap and easy to make, but packed with so much flavor from common ingredients.
It’s great for snack at work or to go with your lunch, that’s why you should make at least 3 days worth.
What you need to make a killer Greek Salad and since there’s no cooking time, it’s just prep work of cutting and then just throw that shit in a big bowl.
0 minutes, but if you count chopping food, 5 minutes
No dicing. You want pretty thick cuts of your tomato
Slice that shit up pretty small
Throw a handful of those into the bunch
Don’t go over board. less is more
This is where the flavor comes in. Cut up into squares and throw it in
No dicing. Cut into thin strips
Green bell pepper (if you’d like)
Salt and Pepper
Always on everything ever
Now for the fun part
Wash your hands. And dig your hands into that bowl. Get in there and start mixing. When your done. Wash your hands and cover the bowl in foil and refrigerate.
Fresh playlist for a fresh meal.