Most of us at sometime in our lives have eaten packaged Ramen Noodles.
I’ll be honest and say that when my daughter was growing up, as a single mom I relied on them to fill in the gap in our food budget. And again if I’m being honest…I still like them. There I said it. I hang my head in shame and admit that once in a blue moon I still get a hankering for them.
You are probably thinking “WTFrick!? Celene is all about health and she likes instant ramen noodles??? Should I even keep reading her stuff?” I know, I know…we all have our skeletons.
I am not a food purist all of the time, I’m more of a Shortcut Sally.
If there is an easier way and still keep it healthy, I’m all for it. I try to make the healthiest choices for me and my family, but I’ll be the first to admit that I fall short sometimes. I get it right about 80% of the time. I’m just a girl doing the best that I can.
If you’re looking for someone who never falls short of healthy perfection, keep looking.
So, this past weekend I was having one of those days. I pulled something in my back and I just didn’t feel like standing at the stove for long. My mind went to unhealthy places in order to fill my rumbling tummy. My husband made himself a peanut butter sandwich and was a happy camper. Not me, I wanted something warm and comforting.
I seriously fantasized about ramen noodles. No I didn’t have them. I actually made myself cook a healthy meatloaf (half 95/5 ground beef and 1/2 lean ground turkey with quinoa instead of bread crumbs) and a big pot of stuffed pepper soup. YUM!! It was totally worth the discomfort standing at the stove instead of slurping ramen noodles with a heating pad on my back!
The reason I didn’t go for the ramen noodle bowl is because I now know the truth about them and can rarely bring myself to put them in my mouth no matter how tasty they are.
Ramen noodles are a health hazard! They are loaded with MSG, salt and even antifreeze!! YUP, antifreeze. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll share some good resources with you to prove it…
The folks over at Herbs-Info.com have come up with 6 big reasons why ramen noodles are not good for you. You can read them here.
And the people over at Food Revolution Network call packaged ramen noodles “death in a crinkly little bag” that can lead to heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Here is that blog post.
And thank you to Susan Patterson over at The Alternative Daily gives us a great recipe for Healthy Mason Jar Noodles that I love! Here it it…
- 2 free range chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped small
- 2 large zucchinis
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 cups red cabbage, sliced thin
- 2 cups spinach, sliced thin
***This is Celenee’s addition to this recipe: add these healthy, low carb noodles to this recipe with
For the bouillon
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp powdered garlic
- 1 1/4 tsp coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- Pinch of powdered ginger
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Sprinkle chicken breasts with sea salt and place in baking dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked.
- Let chicken cool and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
- Heat coconut oil over medium heat and add chopped mushrooms. Saute until brown and soft.
- Peel the zucchini and cut crosswise. Use a spiralizer with smallest blade and spiralize. Set aside.
- Add chicken bouillon ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Use a whisk to mix together (you will have extra bouillon to save for something else later).
To assemble noodle jar
- Divide the chicken cubes into 6 pint-sized wide-mouthed jars.
- Add equal amounts cabbage, sliced greens and mushrooms.
- Top the mushrooms with 1 tablespoon bouillon powder.
- Stuff the rest of the jar with zucchini noodles.
When you want to enjoy this delicious Ramen noodle alternative, boil one cup of water and pour over jar contents. Let the jar sit sealed for five minutes and pour into a bowl. Yummy and healthy!
So now you know the truth about instant ramen noodles.
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Talk soon XO,
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