Instant ramen noodles were a staple in my home growing up. They are also a go-to for many college students. There are just so many varieties and tastes to choose from, and all you do is add boiling water. Unfortunately, they are also laden with sodium and are high in calories. Thankfully this homemade version has fewer calories and preservatives, yet we're not sacrificing the convenience.
Nutrition facts: Calories: 324.0 / total fat: 12.0 / trans fat: 0.0 / saturated fat: 3.0 / cholesterol: 86.0 / sodium: 867.0 / carbohydrates: 31.0 / fiber: 2.0 / sugar: 1.0 / protein: 23.0
- Two 5.6-ounce packages refrigerated yakisoba noodles, seasoning sauce packets discarded
- 2½ tablespoons reduced-sodium vegetable broth base concentrate, preferably Better Than Bouillon
- 1½ tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste), or more to taste
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 cups leftover shredded rotisserie chicken
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 2 carrots, peeled and grated
- 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the yakisoba until loosened, 1-2 minutes; drain well.
2. In a small bowl, combine the broth base, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sambal oelek and sesame oil.
3. Divide the broth mixture into four 24-ounce wide-mouth glass jars with lids, or other heatproof containers. Top with yakisoba, chicken, spinach, carrots, mushrooms, cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
4. To serve, uncover a jar and add enough hot water to cover the contents, about 1¼ cups. Microwave, uncovered, until heated through, 2-3 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, stir to combine, and serve immediately.
Excerpted from "Damn Delicious Meal Prep: 115 Easy Recipes for Low-Calorie, High-Energy Living." Copyright © 2019 by Chungah Rhee. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.
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