Easy Food for People Who Hate Cooking - Super Ramen
It's not that I CAN'T cook, it's just that I don't like to. My mom didn't enjoy it, either, so I come by that naturally, I suppose. However, I have developed a skill for "assembling" things that are ridiculously easy to prepare, and this is one of them.
Everybody knows how to make ramen instant noodles. It's the staple of college students because it is ridiculously cheap and simple to make. But ramen is not at all healthy. It's packed full of sodium, and it has pretty much no protein or fiber. It's actually pretty crappy food, although it's tasty. I figured out how to make it not only more nutritious, but more like a meal.
~~Prepare ramen noodles as usual, which normally means bringing two cups of water to a boil and then boiling the noodles for three minutes. Usually while I am waiting for the water to boil, I smash the crap out of the block of ramen noodles while it is still inside the package (don't worry, this rarely harms the flavor packet). That breaks it up and makes it MUCH easier to eat without slurping like a maniac.
~~While the ramen is cooking, I get out a bag of frozen veggies (broccoli, peas, or whatever else you like) and put about half a cup of those in a bowl, and then add a few ounces of pre-cooked meat--chicken, shrimp, Spam, cut-up hot dog, whatever's handy and won't clash too badly with the ramen flavoring. I like to buy the bags of pre-cooked chicken breast that is cut up and seasoned.
~~If you want, you can pop this bowl of meat and veggies in the microwave for a minute or so, but I find that unless I use a LOT of frozen veggies, that it is actually already just perfect to cool down the noodles enough to eat right away--after all--they were BOILING for three minutes! This way you don't burn your mouth, and you don't have to wait.
~~So, when the noodles have cooked for three minutes, turn off the heat, plop the meat and veggies into the saucepan, add the flavor packet and stir the whole thing, then pour it back into the bowl. Since the bowl had cold stuff in it, it will be a bit chilled, which will allow you to carry it easily without burning your hands. See? I thought of everything!
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