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?

 

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