Nothing inspires a ramen craving more than a cold, winter day. Stay inside and make your own with one of these five healthy recipes ranging from traditional chicken ramen to spiralized daikon ramen and a “clean-out-the-fridge” version loaded with leftover vegetables. This is definitely not the sodium-laden ramen of your college days.
1. CHICKEN RAMEN WITH QUICK PICKLED CARROTS | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
A store-bought rotisserie chicken is the key to making this 15-minute ramen. Tip: Make additional pickled carrots to add to salads and sandwiches throughout the week. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1/2 recipe each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 475; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 186mg; Sodium: 326mg; Carbohydrate: 42g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 35g
2. VEGETARIAN RAMEN WITH GARLIC GINGER BROTH | THE ROASTED ROOT
Nutritional yeast is the secret ingredient in this ramen bowl, imparting depth of flavor and a velvety texture. For extra protein, top with a soft-boiled egg. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1/5 recipe each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 295; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 96mg; Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 6g
3. CLEAN-OUT-THE-FRIDGE MISO RAMEN | DAMN DELICIOUS
Clear out the leftover vegetables in your fridge for use in this miso-based, less than 200-calorie ramen. Top with a splash of Sriracha if you like heat. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/4 recipe each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 198; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 367mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 5g
4. SPIRALIZED DAIKON RAMEN WITH PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS AND SOFT-BOILED EGG | INSPIRALIZED
With its crunchy texture, daikon absorbs the flavors of this simple, homemade broth. To reduce the carbs even further, swap zucchini for the daikon. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1/2 recipe each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 214; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 93mg; Sodium: 324mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 5g
5. JAPANESE RAMEN | UPROOT KITCHEN
Instant noodles are the shortcut to this ramen, requiring just 5 minutes to prep. By ditching the seasoning packet, the noodles are transformed into a nutritious vegetable-packed soup.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 236; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 186mg; Sodium: 381mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 19g