Instant ramen hack (Bento #294)


I like to keep a couple of packs of instant ramen in the house. It isn’t the most nutritious thing in the world, but it works in a pinch. I once tried to transport some ramen soup in a thermal container. Haha! By the time lunch came around, the noodles had sucked up all of the liquid and completely disentegrated. I was left with a salty carb-blob. Not pretty.

To use instant ramen in a bento you have to be a little creative. This time, while the noodles were cooking, I sauteed some brussels sprouts, onions, corn, carrots, and a chopped up kung pao chile. When the noodles were done I tossed them in the pan with the vegees, added a few spoonfuls of the noodle cooking liquid, and the flavor packet. And there you have it. Some spicy vegee ramen.

I packed the pasta in the large Steeltainer bento and then packed an afternoon snack of orange slices, cucumbers, and a Babybel cheese in the Steeltainer snack bento.

Happy Bento-ing!


Ramen on the run (Bento #191)

Sometimes you just have to grab some lunch and run. I had a little time this morning but not enough to really cook anything and I used up all of the sandwich fixings making Hubs’ bento last night. I figured I could fill my belly with a little instant ramen, veg, and fruit so that’s what I did.

The box contains: beef ramen with green onion, a slice of fish cake, zucchini slices, grapes, mango, a raspberry, and a little tomato.

I once tried making ramen and transporting it in thermal jar. Once lunchtime came around the noodles had gobbled up all the soup and I was left with a carb loaded mush. So, to take ramen with me I cook the noodles and pour out most of the cooking water, leaving just enough to dissolve the packet. After swishing the noodles around for a bit and picking them out they’ve picked up just enough flavor.

Even though it is instant ramen, and a lot of carbs, it’s still better (and cheaper) than most of the fast food joints on campus. :)

Happy Bento-ing!

Ume flower ramen (Bento #80)

Mmmmm, I can’t wait for lunchtime! I made some ramen, without the soup :(, and added an ume (or umeboshi, I don’t know the proper term) and slices of kamaboko to make a little flower. :)

The other tier has a cut up persimmon, a wedge of smoked gouda, some tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, and seaweed salad. I almost can’t imagine lunch without seaweed salad anymore! Lol.

I’ve also completely fallen in love with pickled plums (ume). I’ve always been a huge pickle fan! I like all kinds of pickled vegetables, and yes, I do drink the pickle juice whenever I can get my hands on it :) it’s so good. I even made little pickle juice popsicles once. Lol! They were awesome! Anyway, back to the plums, I found myself craving them at every meal and every time I go in the fridge I stare at them, debating with myself whether or not I should have one.

The first batch of ume I got was a little pricey, I want to say it was $5 for a container of about 8 or 9 plums. So, since I’m quickly running out I went to get more and found a different kind. The new ones came in a different container, are less expensive, and look a little different too. I haven’t tried them yet, I hope they’re good. The one in my bento today is the old kind so I know it will be great! :)

So, now that I have confessed my secret weird pickle obsession, do you have any secret food obsessions? What do you seek in the kitchen when nobody is watching?

Happy Bento-ing!