When you’re feeling fatigued, it’s difficult enough to think of what to have for your next meal, let alone prepare it.
To help with both the guesswork and the preparation, here’s a food that many people have in their pantries, is inexpensive and takes very little time to prepare. What is it? Ramen noodles!
In this recipe, we increase the calories and boost overall nutrition by using common kitchen seasonings and vegetables, rather than using the high-sodium flavor packet. (If sodium isn’t a health issue for you, you might still try using only half of any flavor packet.)
Be creative and substitute any other pasta-friendly ingredients you may have.
Prep Time: 7 min
Cook Time: 5 min
1 packet Ramen noodles, any flavor*
1 pound wild mushrooms (or any type of mushroom and amount you would like)
Vegetable oil (enough to sauté mushrooms, 1-2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon butter
Garlic salt or salt and pepper to taste
Soak 1 packet ramen noodles in warm water, 5 minutes; drain. Stir-fry 1 pound sliced wild mushrooms and the garlic salt/seasonings in a cast-iron skillet with vegetable oil, 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add 1 tablespoon butter and the noodles to the skillet, toss 1 minute, then add the mushrooms.
*Leaving out the flavor packet increases the nutritional value of the dish, as the flavor packet is packed with salt. If you want to use the flavor packet, try using only half of it, and don’t use the other seasonings when sautéing the mushrooms.
Don’t like mushrooms? Sautee one of your favorite vegetables or a mix of them instead, such as zucchini, summer squash, bell peppers, onions, peas, etc. to add to the noodles.
Add cooked ground or shredded meat for additional protein, such as ground turkey, shredded chicken or tuna fish. Sprinkle cheese on top for additional calories, protein and flavor.