3 Ways to turn Ramen Noodles into a five-star meal

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Ramen noodles evoke memories of broke college days or an easy soup to slurp down when you’re sick.With a little inspiration and a few inexpensive ingredients, you can turn your cup o’ noodles into a five-star meal.

Think beyond soup

Ramen noodles can do wonders for your stir fry! Cook the noodles according to package directions, leaving out the seasoning package. Toss hot noodles into your stir fry and serve! I like this beef stir fry recipe from Delish. It’s mostly assembly, so it’s easy to make and super flavorful. Another fun option? Break up the uncooked noodle block and throw it in a salad with crisp cabbage, shrimp, and edamame.for a crunchy bite.

Add protein

Add excitement to any Ramen dish by adding protein. Whether you’re into beef, chicken, shrimp, or fish, Ramen goes with almost every protein. Remember to cook the Ramen in the right stock. Using skirt steak? Cook the Ramen in beef broth. Throwing some salmon in your dish? Cook the noodles in seafood or vegetable stock. If you’re worried about the done-ness of your meat: cook it up separately, let it rest, slice it thinly,and add it to the finished soup. I love this simple chicken Ramen recipe from Fork, Knife, Spoon. It’s great for beginners and is an easy and tasty dish.

Experiment with flavors

Don’t get stuck in the chicken broth box. The seasoning packet is totally optional! Ramen noodles are a blank canvas, so don’t be afraid to mix it up! Whether it’s spicy peanut Thai or this sweet and sour pork noodle recipe from Rasa Malaysia you can’t go wrong with trying something new!

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