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~ Teriyaki Ramen w/Steam-in-Bag Asian Vegetables ~

IMG_6479Pantry cooking?  Snowstorm cooking?  Desperation cooking?  Covid cooking?  Refer to it in any way you want to, but, on occasion we cooks have all found ourself in a situation that calls for some creative ingenuity.  This super-quick, seriously-easy side-dish is a prime example.  One snowy night, I came up with this to serve alongside my recipe for easy teriyaki glazed Cornish came hens -- I always keep a package or two of Cornish hens on-hand in my freezer as it's not unusual for us here in the Northeast to find ourselves snowed in once-twice a Winter.  That said, this nifty little side-dish is great served as a meatless meal on its own too -- who wouldn't love a bowl of noodles and steamed veggies enrobed in a bit of flavorful teriyaki sauce.

5 minutes to an easy side-dish for 4 or meatless main-dish for 2.

IMG_6472Love is a bowl of noodles & veggies enrobed in teriyaki sauce.

IMG_64382  3-ounce packages ramen noodles

3-4  tablespoons thick teriyaki sauce, your favorite store-bought brand (Note:  I highly recommend Panda Express's Mandarin teriyaki sauce.)

1, 10 1/2-ounce package steam-in-bag Asian vegetable medley (broccoli, carrots, snow peas and water chestnuts) 

IMG_6440 IMG_6440 IMG_6440 IMG_6440 IMG_6457 IMG_6457 IMG_6457 IMG_6476~Step 1.  In a 2 1/2-3 quart saucepan bring 1 1/2-2 quarts of water to a boil.  Add the ramen noodles (discard the seasoning packets from the packages) and adjust heat to simmer rapidly for 3-3 1/2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Using a large slotted spoon, transfer noodles directly from saucepan to a large bowl.  Add and fold in the 3-4 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce, to taste. In the microwave, steam the bag of vegetables until cooked through.  Add and fold the steaming hot vegetables into the still warm noodles.  Add additional sauce, to taste, if desired.  Serve.

Try it served w/my Easy Teriyaki-Glazed Cornish Game Hen:

IMG_6419Teriyaki Ramen w/Steam-in-Bag Asian Vegetable:  Recipe yields 4-6 side-servings or 2 generous meatless main-dish servings.

Special Equipment List:  2-3 quart saucepan; large slotted spoon; large bowl; microwave oven

6a0120a8551282970b02af148b106c200cCook's Note:  Whether you are new to cooking and looking for something easy yet elegant to impress a small group of people with or a seasoned-pro looking for something easy yet elegant to impress a few quests with, you really should consider Cornish game hens.  There's more.  If you are a hungry single person in search of an easy, made-from-scratch entree, you really should consider a Cornish game hen. When I was a young chick (a new bride about 45 years ago), Cornish game hens were trendy and commonly served -- everyone, kids and adults alike, loves a succulent, personal-sized mini-chicken.  I served them frequently for years, and then, for reasons unknown to me, I kinda forgot about them.  No time like the present to correct my course. Be sure to read my post: ~ Elegantly Easy -- The Roasted Rock Cornish Game Hen ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2022)


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