Easy Homemade Ramen in a Jar (Vegetarian)
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We are very proud of this easy homemade ramen in a jar recipe! It’s a nifty little meal prep hack that means you can have DIY instant noodles in 20 minutes, that are far healthier and more delicious than their pre-packed counterparts!
This is a great lunch to take to work – all you need to do is add boiling water and pop it in the microwave, and voila! Steaming hot, fresh noodle soup awaits you, 432 kcal and 24g protein per serving!
And yet another point in its favour: this is a super environmentally friendly alternative to instant pot noodles, or indeed any other ready made plastic packed lunch.
Easy homemade ramen in a jar – good for you & the planet!
Ramen and instant noodles are pretty popular at the moment! Pot noodles have always been the old stalwart, but plenty more options are springing up on the shelves – healthy ones too.
While we won’t dispute that many of these new noodle pots are healthy, they still use lots of disposable plastic and other materials, which are polluting the oceans and damaging marine life.
A reusable homemade noodle jar is always going to be a more environmentally friendly option!
Why not use an old jam jar to make this vegetarian ramen recipe? You can use it time and time again, and avoid consuming/wasting any more than you have to.
Of course, none of this is obligatory and we’re not going to solve the climate crisis with instant noodles…but it’s still cool to look at the ways we can examine our own consumerist habits and put into practice more environmentally friendly philosophies in our day to day lives!
While we’re on meals-in-jars, you should learn how to make overnight oats if you don’t already know!
How to make instant noodles from scratch!
It’s really quite simple!
You mix together all the seasoning and stock cubes and layer them at the bottom of your jar. Then just layer up all your other ingredients – veggies, tofu, rice noodles (the really thin kind!) and boiled egg.
Keep it in the fridge and then when you’re ready to eat, just add boiling water, stir, and then either leave it to stand for a couple of minutes, or, if the noodles need a bit more cooking, whack it in the microwave.
The stock and seasoning will dissolve in the water and create a delicious noodle broth! Perfect, easy, homemade ramen in a jar, ready to go!
PS. We have to add: make sure the lid is screwed tight if you’re taking it to work with you! We don’t want any spills!
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- 1 egg
- 1 vegetable broth cube (enough for 4 cups water)
- 2 tsp red curry paste
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2.5 oz rice noodles
- ¾ cup edamame (soy beans) (shelled, precooked or cooked)
- 7 oz firm tofu (cut into 1 inch cubes)
- 1 medium carrot (grated)
- 2 spring onions (sliced)
- 2 handful cilantro/coriander, fresh
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 4 cups water
- Please see recipe notes for more detailed instructions.
- Cook the egg for 7 minutes in boiling water. Immediately take off heat and into cold water to cool completely. Peel and cut in half.1 egg
- Prepare the minced garlic, cubed tofu, shaved or grated carrots, sliced spring onions and whole cilantro leaves.1 clove garlic, 1 medium carrot, 2 spring onions, 2 handful cilantro/coriander, fresh, 7 oz firm tofu
- Meanwhile, in two mason jars add half of the vegetable stock cube, red curry paste, sesame oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, sugar and lemon respectively. Mix until everything is incorporated.1 vegetable broth cube, 2 tsp red curry paste, 2 tsp sesame oil, 4 tbsp soy sauce, 1 clove garlic, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice
- In layers add the rice noodles, edamame beans, cubed tofu, carrot, half of the egg per serving, spring onions, cilantro leaves and finally sesame seeds. Put a lid on the jar and reserve in a cool place until ready to eat.2.5 oz rice noodles, ¾ cup edamame (soy beans), 2 tsp sesame seeds
- When you are ready to eat, add 2 cups of boiling water per serving to the jar. Let stand for a minute or two and then ideally microwave for another 2-3 minutes for a steaming hot soup. Season with salt and enjoy!4 cups water