Rockin’ Ramen

So, my boys recently said the words I thought I’d never hear. “Mom, everyone else at school eats Ramen Noodles. Why can’t we have it?”

My response of course was, “It’s gross and has way too much sodium.”

But of course my next trip to the supermarket I left with some Ramen noodles. I figured they would hate it. Well, guess what? They liked it. And they wanted it every day after school.

That is what led me to making my own homemade version. It was good, but simple. There was something missing though. Then it came to me… MITA! Of course my friend Mita will have a recipe she can share. I texted her asking if she has a homemade Ramen noodle recipe. Five minutes later she had a picture and recipe for me.

I’ve mentioned my friend Mita in several other blogs. We met when our kids attended pre-school together. I joke that I stalked her, but it’s the truth. She was so sweet and I wanted to be her friend. Lol. Then she baked me peanut butter blossom cookies and we were friends from that point on. I grew up in an Italian Catholic household in the suburbs of Long Island. Mita grew up in an Indian Hindu household in the city of San Francisco. But we raise our boys very similar and have the same values. I’ve learned a lot of different things from Mita. She taught me about different spices and how to use them while cooking. She also taught me how to eat slow, especially when we are out to eat. I am still working on that one! Mita also taught me how to listen. She’s so patient when other people talk. Another thing I am still working on…

BTW, she moved to Texas and I am not happy! 

So, I followed her recipe and it is amazing! It takes a half hour and is a big bowl of comfort.

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Your Ramen Soup essentials:

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Soup Bowls

Rockin' Ramen with Optional Chili Bomb

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tsp. of grated ginger
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 package of shiitake mushrooms (sliced thin)
  • 2 Tbsp. of low sodium soy sauce
  • 64 oz. of beef or chicken broth (Mita prefers beef, I love either)
  • 1 Tsp. of rice vinegar
  • 1 Tsp. of chili sauce or sriracha
  • 2 cups of bean sprouts
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 8 oz. package of Chinese noodles (I use KAME)

Optional: Chili Bomb (goes in the center of the bowl on top of everything else for an extra explosion of flavor)

  • Chili Sauce
  • Garlic, sliced
  • Scallions, chopped
  • dash of soy sauce

Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat the sesame oil.
  2. Saute garlic and ginger for about 1 minute. (Do not brown)
  3. Add carrots and soy sauce. Stir.
  4. Add broth, vinegar, and mushrooms.
  5. Bring to a slight boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add chili sauce or sriracha. Stir.
  7. Taste and add more soy sauce or chili sauce if needed.
  8. Add noodles to the pot, and cook per directions on the package.
  9. Serve in individual bowls. Top each bowl with a bunch of bean sprouts. Submerge them into the broth.
  10. Top with green onions and the optional Chili Bomb if you like it spicy!

Enjoy!

If you like this, you will also enjoy:

Salsa Salsa

Mita’s Slow Cooker Chicken

Holy Guacamole

Soup Season

 

 

 

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Chicken Tostadas

Chicken Tostadas

This is another easy dinner!  You can use Mita’s Slow Cooker Chicken recipe for this…

If you want you can use your favorite jarred salsa or Mita’s Salsa Recipe

Then simply layer from the bottom to the top

  • Tostada

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  • 2 cans of refried beans heated(I used refried black beans)

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  • Pulled Chicken
  • Salsa
  • Mexican Cheese(I use Mexican Crumbling Cheese and break it apart)

Enjoy!

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Mita’s Slow Cooker Chicken

This is another one of Mita’s recipes. It’s simple and tasty! You can use this chicken for any of your Mexican dishes that calls for shredded chicken. I usually use it for my chicken tacos. In the shell, I layer a simple coleslaw salad, then the chicken, top with Mexican shredded cheese and home made salsa. That is it and it is perfection!

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Slow Cooker Chicken

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts(I used 3, but should have used 4-it’s never enough for my family)
  • 1 (10 oz.) can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 small can (4.5 oz.) of Ortega chopped green chilies
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • fajita or taco seasoning (Use as much as you prefer.  You can use the whole packet if you are not using the enchilada sauce.  I usually use the whole can of enchilada sauce and about 1/2 of the taco seasoning.)

Directions

  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker
  • Place all other ingredients in the slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours
  • About an hour before it is done remove the cover and stir the ingredients around while shredding the chicken so it mixes with all the juice and seasoning.
  • Cover and cook for the remaining time.

ENJOY!

More of Mita’s recipes:

Salsa Salsa

Carne Asada Tacos

Salsa Salsa

We all love salsa. It’s spicy, healthy and goes great with chips or on your tacos. I didn’t know how much I really loved salsa until I had this one!

One of my closest friends, Mita, is an amazing cook! She specializes in Indian and Mexican food, but can cook anything. We met when our boys were in preschool together. They moved to Texas, but I miss her so much and her food! I didn’t even know what sriracha was until I met her(I’m not kidding!)

This is her recipe. It is simple, delicious, and healthy. My whole family eats it all up. We have it with chips or alongside any of our favorite Mexican dishes. If you love this recipe, no worries, there will be more of Mita’s recipes to come…

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Mita and her boys

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Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can of diced tomatoes(or two smaller cans of Rotel diced tomatoes if you prefer it spicy)
  • 1/2 of a jalapeno seeded(or one whole if you prefer spicy)
  • 1/2 of a medium sized onion
  • 8 or 9 strands of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. of white vinegar

 

Directions

 

It’s so simple.  My 10 year-old can make it!

  1. Add all ingredients except vinegar in blender
  2. Pour into container.
  3. Add vinegar and stir.

Optional:  Top with cilantro and green onions

Enjoy!