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Start With Ramen Noodles

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Ramen noodles are those very inexpensive packages of curly dried noodles with a seasoning packet that college students use to make soup with a microwave oven or hot pot. (Wow, just thinking about those hot pots brought back a flood of college memories!) Start with ramen noodles and make delicious recipes in a hurry.

With some ramen noodle packages in your pantry, you can have dinner on the table in just a few minutes, with just a few extra ingredients. All the recipes refer to 'instant' ramen noodles, which are precooked and just need to be rehydrated.

Because they are precooked (usually deep fried), they can be used right out of the package to add crunch to salads and sandwiches. If a recipe calls for discarding the seasoning packet, please do so and don't feel guilty.

The noodles are so inexpensive, and I'm not about to pretend that the ingredients in the seasoning are good for you! We're talking about quick, filling food here, not stellar nutrition. The packets are very high in sodium, so you can add your own seasoning mixes instead of the packet if you wish, using 1 Tbsp. of the homemade mix for each seasoning packet. You can find low fat and baked ramen noodle mixes too, in most grocery stores and health food stores.

Still, it's comforting to know that you have a few emergency meals stashed safely away in your pantry, especially during this time of world turmoil. And all of these recipes are delicious and comforting too.

Start With Ramen Noodles

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