One staple food I am sure we have all resorted to countless times over the course of our adventures is Ramen Noodles. Ready in minutes, shelf stable, and compact to carry, this humble product ticks a lot of boxes. With a bit of imagination, you can make them into a wholesome meal that only takes a few minutes longer than bringing your pot of water to the boil.
1 x pack of instant noodles (save the flavouring for another use)
1 x small bag of fresh or frozen stir-fry mixed vegetables with a ginger seasoning or Asian dressing
1 x small chicken breast – optional (see tips)
Cut your chicken into strips, making sure to use the packaging or plastic it came in to cut it on. This will prevent any cross contamination on your eating plate.
Bring a small pot of water to the boil, add noodles, and set aside. They will soak in the boiling water and be ready when you have finished the rest of your cooking.
Heat one teaspoon of oil in a fry pan over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cut veg and stir-fry with chicken for no more than 1-2 minutes if fresh, 3-4 if frozen. Add ginger seasoning or if you have some use soy sauce instead.
Drain the noodles and add to the pan. Use a fork and spoon to toss through other ingredients evenly.
Serves 1 -2
If you want to keep things very simple, a bag of dry coleslaw will also work well.
You can purchase your fresh ingredients up to 4 hours prior to cooking if the outside temperature is less than 75F/24C. In very hot weather, be cautious and purchase fresh meat or chicken as close to cooking as possible.
If you are unable to cook within 4 hours, purchase your vegetables or salad kit and make a vegetarian version with nuts for some added texture and protein
- Any noodles, fresh or dried
- If you prefer, use rice for a gluten free alternative
- Choose a salad kit if there are no fresh stir-fry options available, look for one with an Asian influence and use the dressing as a sauce