Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Healthy + Super Yummy Ramen!

('twas HOT when I took this picture)

Ahhhh ramen! It brings me back. Perhaps you were like me and can remember those days in your youth eating Top Ramen? It was unfortunately at that time, one of my favorite things to eat. Not only cheap, but easy to make and tasty. I am sure the vast amounts of chemical MSG and processed ingredients helped to contribute to my addiction.

Well thank goodness things have changed! Introducing Koyo Ramen (no I do not work for them)- made with organic ingredients that you can easily identify.

Just for kicks I made a table comparing Top Ramen and Koyo Ramen. The information was taken directly from two web-sites that sell the product. I found it interesting that on Nissan's Top Ramen site there is no ingredient information to be found.

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Although, it is about $1.09 more per packet- Koyo Ramen is by far the better choice. There is familiarity with the ingredients, plus it's organic, there is no MSG, preservatives, additives, etc.

It has long been muttered by those still holding out on the good stuff, "organic is so expensive!", but it has also been well documented that as our food supply and diet have worsened, our health care costs have sky rocketed. Organic is really only expensive in the "short or near sighted" sense. It will benefit us all and the health of our planet in the long run. My suggestion is look at the big picture and to slowly add more and more of the better stuff in. As the saying goes, "third time's a charm", and soon it will be a new habit that will having you feeling better.

Now on to the recipe- not only delicious, but it's vegetarian and vegan too!

Ingredients (makes for 2-3 people):
- 3 packs of the Garlic Pepper Ramen by Koyo
- Bok Choy
- Mushrooms sliced
- Garlic Scapes or Garlic finely minced
- Green Onion finely diced
- Vegetable Bouillon cubes for the soup (I used Rapunzel)

1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil with 2 Vegetable Bouillon Cubes.
2. In pan saute' a little olive oil, sliced mushrooms, sliced bok choy, finely minced garlic, and sea salt and pepper till cooked through and nicely seasoned.
3. When the water is boiling add the 3 packets of Ramen- you can also add the "garlic pepper" seasoning as well.
4. Add the mushrooms, bok choy, garlic mixture to the soup.
5. Serve and eat!

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