Everyone’s heard of ramen noodle soup, right? Those little wavy noodles that come in a square package with a sachet of seasoning? Definitely inexpensive, but not that good for your health.
However, did you know that there is a way to make ramen healthy? Use real nourishing broth, vegetables and some quality grass-fed protein and you have a delicious and nourishing comfort meal.
This ramen soup-inspired noodle dish is made with ground beef, onions, and a sweet and savory sauce. It’s fast, delicious, and always inexpensive!
Can Ramen Noodles Really Be Healthy?
Why yes, they can be if you use the right noodles. I prefer to avoid wheat products for the most part, so I don’t use traditional ramen noodles. Substitute rice ramen or shirataki noodles, like those in my Thai peanut butter noodle recipe. Whatever noodles you decide to use, simply cook them until tender, but not mushy. You don’t want them to fall apart.
How to make homemade beef ramen noodles
Can’t decide if this recipe is a healthy burger helper with an Asian twist or a lo mein recipe with ramen noodles and ground beef. Maybe you can help sort out the mental debate.
To prepare it, I first cook the noodles and set them aside. While cooking, I brown the ground beef with the garlic and onion. In another bowl, prepare a sauce with soy sauce, hoisin, oyster sauce, mirin (a sweet Japanese rice wine) and maple syrup.
When the ground beef is done, I stir in a little sauce and let it simmer and thicken a bit, then stir in the noodles. And that’s all! I usually top it with sliced green onions and sesame for a bit of crunch and freshness, but they’re completely optional.
Make it a complete meal
Rather than cooking separate vegetarian sides, I usually put additional veggies right into the dish. I just use whatever veg I have on hand and so far every combination has been delicious.
Note: If it’s a vegetable that requires a longer cooking time, like broccoli, toss it in the water with the noodles. If it’s a vegetable with a shorter cooking time, like snow peas or zucchini, add it to the ground beef when you add the sauce.
Fancy some chicken ramen instead? Try this recipe… I will make my own version and share it soon!
Beef Ramen Noodle Recipe
A nourishing ramen noodle recipe that uses ground beef, ramen rice, garlic and onion with a sweet and savory sauce.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add the ramen noodles and cook according to the package directions.
Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef.
While cooking, add the minced onions and garlic and cook until the beef is golden brown and the onions begin to caramelize.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, mirin and maple syrup and set aside.
When the meat is cooked, add half the sauce and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the sauce thickens and caramelizes.
Add the rest of the sauce to taste or keep the excess in the refrigerator another time.
Stir cooked noodles into ground beef mixture and heat through.
Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds and serve.
You can add vegetables to make it a complete meal. If it’s a vegetable with a longer cooking time, like broccoli, add it to the pot of noodles while cooking. If it is a vegetable with a shorter cooking time, such as snow peas, add it to the pan with the sauce.
Do you make ramen? What’s your favorite way to solve this problem?