So we’ve all been there before: it’s finals week, and your cupboards look like a war zone. The cinnamon toast crunch box that you’ve lived off of for the past few days is down to sugar-sand, all of the pizza boxes on your table are empty, and the only thing left to eat are the instant noodles packets that your folks bought you from Costco.
That’s okay! Your friends at Campus Book Rentals have your back – we know just what to do when things are down-to-the-noodle. These 7 simple recipes will keep your belly full and your mouth happy while you’re getting through finals week.
Got a bottle of Sriracha in your fridge? This one’s easy. Just use half the seasoning packet, and squeeze 1-2 tablespoons of sriracha into your noodles. If you can swing a 60-cent packet of green onions, chop those up and throw them in as well. Garnish with fresh-squeeze lime juice. Makes for delicious ramen!
Also a pretty easy noodle upgrade – all you need to do is crack an egg in your noodles as they boil. If you have cheddar cheese, you can also slice cheese and put it on top of the ramen noodles after cooking them. Cover your bowl for just a minute, and the cheese will melt nicely into your noodles.
This recipe will sound a little crazy, but just give it a try! We promise you’ll love it. Think of this as a college take on the classic pad thai recipe – made from simply, easy ramen. Here’s how to do it:
Boil your noodles for half the amount of time required. While they’re boiling, heat 1 tbs oil in a pan and add garlic and red pepper flakes. Drain the noodles, and add to the spiced oil with 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter (trust us!). Crack an egg into the mixture, add half of the spice packet, and add soy sauce and Sriracha to taste. Serve with fresh green onions.
Have some frozen veggies in the back of your freezer? Throw those in when you boil your noodles, and you’ll be able to knock out two food groups with one stone. Our favorite veggie to use for this at CampusBookRentals is frozen broccoli, but others work well too.
Veggie noodle soup also works well if you crack an egg into it – that way, you’ll have all of your nutritional bases covered. A true one-pot meal!
Note – Classic is in quotations. We don’t want to offend any of our Japanese readers by pretending this is authentic!
If you live close to an Asian grocery store, this way of dressing up ramen is refined, elegant, and tasty! Here’s what you do:
Instead of using the flavoring packet, purchase a jar of Miso paste from your local Asian market. Add miso to the boiling water, and do not drain the liquid. Add wakame (seaweed flakes) at the same time you add the noodles, and finish with chopped green onions. If you’d like, you can also add silken tofu to this dish as well.
This recipe works best with chicken-flavored noodles, and ends up creating a delicious chicken-noodle soup. When boiling noodles, add 1tbs butter and the juice of half a lemon. Slice cooked chicken, and mix it in with the noodles after they’re done cooking. Delicious!
No list of college meals would be complete without a bacon recipe, and this is one that we think is delicious! While this works best with beef flavored ramen, any variety will do in a heartbeat.
While you cook your ramen, fry up as much bacon as you want. Add the bacon to your noodles, and garnish with green onions. Simple and delicious!
Hopefully you’re full and ready to ace finals! Do you have a favorite noodle recipe that we didn’t include? Tell us what it is in the comments!
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