Updated: Jun 25
A guide to making delicious plant-based noodles, packed with flavor.
Looking back on my college days, I remember relying on Maruchan Ramen noodle packets as my go-to meal when money was tight. However, the high levels of MSG, TBHQ, and sodium made it a less than ideal option for filling up. Ramen has stuck in my mind since transitioning to a plant-based way of living, and I knew I needed to rebuild the concept with healthier ingredients while keeping the flavor intact. So, here is my spin on it!
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I made this for my wife and it was "fire" –Dr.Richenel Martin Jr.
Ramen is a popular dish enjoyed by many, but traditional ramen recipes often include animal-based ingredients. This plant-based ramen recipe is a delicious and healthy alternative that is easy to make.
2 cups of vegetable broth
2 spiralized zucchinis
1 cluster of oyster mushrooms
1/4 cup of grated butternut squash
1/4 bell pepper, diced
1 shallot, diced
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
3 leaves of mustard greens (or dino kale), diced
1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon of date syrup
1 tablespoon of sea salt
A pinch of cayenne pepper
1 key lime, juiced
Toppings (such as sliced green onions, roasted fennel bulb)
In a large cast iron wok, add sesame oil and sauté oyster mushrooms until golden brown. Remove them from the wok and set them aside.
In the same wok, add shallot, butternut squash, bell pepper, mustard greens, and ginger. Cover with a lid for 1 minute to allow steam to soften the vegetables.
Add mustard greens, vegetable broth, date syrup, sea salt, cayenne, and lime juice. Bring to a boil.
Add spiraled zucchini and mushrooms to the wok. Cook on medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the broth simmer for about 7 minutes.
Divide the noodles between two to four bowls.
Pour the hot broth with ingredients over the noodles.
Add desired toppings to each bowl.
Serve and enjoy your delicious plant-based ramen!
This plant-based ramen recipe is a great way to enjoy a classic dish while also incorporating healthy and sustainable ingredients. Plus, it's easy to customize with your favorite toppings.
Notes and Tips
Use a spiral vegetable cutter with different blade options for your zucchini. This will allow you to get your noodles to the desired width or thickness.