I love to cook, but am often working with a tight budget. Ramen is about as cheap as a meal comes, but who wants to eat that? I tried a few recipes on Pinterest to “fluff” the ramen, but all of them fell flat. So I decided to try my own recipe, which is chock-full of veggies and a current family favorite. It’s cheap, easy and soooo delicious! My teens AND my hubby love it – we call it, Fancy Ramen.
Pictured above are the kid-friendly chop sticks my friend gave to me, but sadly, I can’t even work those. Where’s my fork?
There are probably a thousand different ways that you could make this, but this is our favorite recipe.
Saute a 1/2 pound of shelled and deveined shrimp in a tablespoon of butter, in a non-stick stir -fry pan, or any saute pan. Remove from pan once cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Crack 3 eggs right into your pan, and scramble them up until cooked through, then remove from pan. Please note that if your budget is running really tight, you can omit the shrimp, or add another meat. Eggs are always great way to economically add protein to this dish.
Pick a stir-fry kit from your local grocery store, in whatever flavor you like. This is your no-fail step for success because all of the veggies and sauce for your recipe are in one bag! Also grab a bag of shredded cabbage for this dish.
Throw half of the bag of cabbage and the whole bag of veggies (set the seasoning sauce aside) into your stir-fry skillet tat has been coated with a bit of olive oil.
While your veggies cook, boil two packages of ramen noodles, in any flavor. Trow away the seasoning packets, you won’t need them. You can also buy plain ramen from specialty stores if you desire.
After the veggies have cooked down to your desired tenderness (we like ours a bit crunchy), add in the other ingredients.
The cooked noodles.
The scrambled eggs and cooked shrimp. Also add in sliced green onions, and toss with the sauce packet.
Serve and enjoy! This dish really couldn’t be easier, and if you have a veggie-lovin’ family like I do, then your Fancy Ramen is sure to be a hit! And don’t be afraid to try your own variation – different meats, no meat, a different variety of veggies, or even your own home made sauce. There really are so many possibilities if your feeling adventurous!
Peace & Love,