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Healthy Ramen Recipes That Will Make You Rethink the College-Food Staple

Healthy Ramen Hacks

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Gone are the plain ramen noodles of your sophomore year when you blew most of your food budget on pizza and had no real kitchen. Your eating habits have been spruced up since then, so it's only natural that your ramen habits should be too. Time to try these 11 homemade ramen recipes with a healthy twist. From unexpected salads to bowls filled to the brim with flavor, these recipes will fill you up and satisfy your more grown-up taste buds.

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Asian Ramen Chicken Chopped Salad

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Whether you're craving that crunch or just looking to spice up a regular salad, this recipe will do the trick. The uncooked ramen noodles offer the crunch of nuts or croutons, but more importantly, they turn an average salad into an interesting meal. You can also turn your salad into dinner with these giant salad recipes for a satisfying macro meal.

Get the recipe: Asian Ramen Chicken Chopped Salad

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Ramen Vegetable Stir-Fry

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Make this ramen recipe and you can have peace of mind knowing exactly what's in that bowl of warm goodness. There are no mystery sauces and the veggie-to-noodle ratio is totally up to you. Plus, let's be honest—sometimes homemade recipes are just better than takeout. Case in point: these stir-fry recipes.

Get the recipe: Ramen Vegetable Stir-Fry

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Chicken Veggie Ramen Bowl

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Chicken. Veggies. Noodles. A recipe ingredient list doesn't get much simpler. Despite its minimal ingredients, this dish still packs maximum deliciousness. With chicken broth as the base, you'll skip the extra salt and make room for more fresh veggies. Feel free to customize the add-ins, such as swapping out mushrooms for carrots if that's more your thing.

Get the recipe: Chicken Veggie Ramen Bowl

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20-Minute Sriracha Shrimp Ramen

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With peppers, ginger, and spinach mixed into this dish, you'll get a nice dose of veggies, plus the spicy sriracha broth is out of this world. Like this hot? Then you'll love these spicy recipes that use all different kinds of hot sauce.

Get the recipe: 20-Minute Sriracha Shrimp Ramen

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Avocado and Cherry Tomato Ramen Noodle Bowl

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Who knew ramen noodles could look this fancy? Between the colorful tomatoes and the creamy chunks of avocado, this is sure to impress. Drop the fork and finally master chopsticks with this easy video tutorial.

Get the recipe: Avocado and Cherry Tomato Ramen Noodle Bowl 

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Crispy Pork Ramen Noodle Soup with Roasted Acorn Squash

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This ramen bowl might look complicated, but it basically comes together over the course of the day in the slow cooker. So set it and forget it—and then sit down and enjoy a flavor-bomb ramen bowl that will be one seriously memorable meal.

Get the recipe: Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup with Curry Roasted Acorn Squash

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Thai Peanut Chicken and Ramen Noodle Soup

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This recipe is packed with healthy ingredients like sweet potatoes that are loaded with vitamins A and C, and garlic, which studies show may help you lose weight. So swap that Thai takeout for this easy, customizable, warm, and delicious bowl of ramen instead.

Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Chicken and Ramen Noodle Soup

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Homemade Ramen with Bacon and Soft-Boiled Eggs

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The soft-boiled eggs offer up tons of benefits like zinc, protein, and vitamin D. And yes, you can have bacon! Fat is not the enemy, despite what some people behind the scenes might try to tell you.

Get the recipe: Homemade Ramen with Bacon and Soft-Boiled Eggs

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Miso Ramen with Roasted Vegetables

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A veggie-packed miso soup? That's right up our alley. Dried, prepackaged ramen doesn't make the cut this time. Instead, you'll use fresh noodles and you'll wonder how you ever ate that other stuff.

Get the recipe: Miso Ramen with Roasted Vegetables

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Lime Shrimp Dragon Noodles

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The total cost of this meal? A skimpy $4.97. This recipe is both budget-friendly and darn delicious! Shrimp is a great alternative if you're looking for a lighter meal but don't want to sacrifice protein. Shrimp is also a great source of vitamin B12, which keeps your nervous system in tip-top shape.

Get the recipe: Lime Shrimp Dragon Noodles 

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Chicken Yakisoba

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Yakisoba is Japanese dish typically made of fried buckwheat, but this ramen noodle hack gives it a healthy twist. The meal in a bowl includes a touch of ginger, which is awesome for relieving digestive problems, so your tummy will be full and happy.

Get the recipe: Chicken Yakisoba

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