Too busy to eat healthy? Think again!
Easy ways to make smart food choices
Do you often rush home from work, only to find a nearly empty fridge and a couple of hungry, moody kids? Include some easy, healthy habits into your jam-packed days and you’ll never eat junk food again (unless you really crave it, of course).
Healthy habit 3: Ramen
Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish with unique health promoting properties. Beware: we are not talking about the instant snack on which penny-pinching college students exist. Sure, they are cooked and ready to be eaten in just five minutes, but they are also packed with sodium, food additives, calories and saturated fat.
Traditional Japanese ramen is one of the healthiest things around, and if you have the two main ingredients on hand, it shouldn't take that long to make.
Main ingredients: noodles and broth
- It's all about the right noodles. Fresh is the best, but if you don't have the time to make them yourself, go for high-quality Chinese-style noodles with the right texture. You don't want tasteless and mushy strings in your bowl. Fresh angel hair pasta and dried thin spaghetti can be good alternatives.
- Use pork, chicken or seafood broth for the base of the soup. Make a stock whenever you can (keep your homemade broth in a jar with fat on top to seal the broth below, or in an airtight container in the fridge). If you use store-bought broth, look at the label and avoid unhealthy additives and flavorings.
- Season the soup with soy sauce, miso or salt.
The toppings on your bowl of ramen can vary from simple veggies to very complex preparations. Turn those noodles into a steaming bowl of deliciousness at home with:
- sliced pork or sliced bacon
- fresh veggies (green onions, cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, …)
- dried seaweed (wakame, nori, …)
- seafood (scallops, shrimp, crab, mussels, ...)
- soft boiled eggs
- fresh garlic
- condiments and spices (chili powder, black or white pepper, sesame seed, curry powder or paste, …)
- … enjoy the experiment!
The best Ramen in town
Really in a hurry or a little bit lazy? Look for the best Ramen spots in your neighborhood, using insanely fresh ingredients to serve healthy bowls of happiness.
Culinary adventurer Tom Vandenberghe can help you out here. You may know Tom from his award-winning street food cookbooks and workshops with Eetavontuur. As an Asian cuisine addict, not a day goes by without fresh and healthy ramen, buns or Gyoza (dumplings) on his mind, on his plate and in his cosy noodle bar Ramen in the city center of Ghent, Belgium. Stop by to slurp and burp, or get inspired and make your very own ramen recipe!
All pictures by FOODPHOTO / Luk Thys