Fun college student demo video here: Ramen Noodle Upgrade
This recipe looks complicated but it's really just chopping the veggies just after putting a pot on the stove to warm, and grabbing the flavorings and protein out of the fridge.
I don't normally measure the ingredients but just guess, dump, stir and serve hot. That's why I can have the easy version into a bowl in 10 minutes and the longer one served in about 15.
Whatever you like for veggie choices. 1-2 for simple dish. 2-3 for a fancier version.
This vegetable slicer is fantastic for quick chopping. Large and small chopping sizes. Love this gadget. Although I met a woman in Hand Rehab who took off the end of her thumb with one....don't bother going down to the nub of any veggie. It isn't worth the pain or cost.
Above is are bare minimum ingredients for a one dish meal and completed in 10 minutes.
Very thin noodle nest (these cook in about 5 minutes, one nest per person)
Carrot -small dice
Red pepper - 1/4 of the pepper, slivered or small dice
Leftover roasted chicken - about 1/2 Cup
2 Tb crunchy peanut butter
1 Tb red onion - finely chopped
Soy Sauce, low sodium - 1-3 TB to taste
Hot Sauce - optional, to taste
Cooking method is below the following photos:
Carrots can cook with the noodles since they are tougher, add the red peppers just as the noodles are finished cooking.
With the lid of the pot, pour off most of the cooking liquid. It's better to have more liquid left.
Add the onions, peanut butter, soy sauce, hot sauce, stirring well to incorporate the peanut butter. Add the protein, stir and serve.
Complex list of ingredients and a few more minutes of cooking time with thicker noodles.
Still a one pot meal!
Noodles - 2 Asian packs or about 1/4 of a box of spaghetti/round style
Vegetables - Carrots - small dice or slivered
Red pepper - 1 whole, small slivers
Baby bok choy - sliced, stalks and leaves separated
Flavorings - 3 Tb crunchy peanut butter
3-4 Tb low sodium soy sauce or to taste
1 Tb ginger finely chopped or grated
2 scallions, sliced
honey - 1 Tb
Sriracha sauce - to taste
Sesame oil - few drops or more
Cilantro - chopped
Cooked Protein - 1 C - chicken, shrimp, leftover sliced pork, leftover sliced steak, cubed tofu, etc.
Same cooking method:
Boil noodles in a medium pot, add carrots about 6 minutes into a 12 minute cooking time for noodles.
Add any harder vegetable near the end of the cooking time. Softer veggies at very end of cooking time.
Drain off some of the liquid, stir in the FLAVORINGS, add the cooked protein, garnish with a few chopped scallions.
Serve with lime wedges!
Squeeze the lime over the dish just before eating.