As the new semester starts, balancing finances between school, work, rent, and gas can be quite a task. On top of all of this we have to worry about how to stay nourished enough to survive. Sadly, many college students often resort to a strict diet – where the main source of nutrients stems from these ever so popular instant noodles. In fact, it would cost an individual just over $150 per year to live solely on ramen alone. This could explain the tight bond between these noodles and the frugality of college students.

Ramen products have been consumed in nearly every corner of the world since 1958– meaning that many of us were born into a place in the world where ramen already existed and we have all probably eaten it more times than we would like to admit. While ramen noodles are a simple food item, they also offer endless opportunities for creative improvement. There are a number of opportunities for you to incorporate ramen and creativity into your daily dinner schedule, in order to create an option that can be classified as a substantial meal – while remaining cheap.

We scoured the internet to compile a list of 13 of the most creative ramen recipes to try for your next meal. Enjoy.

Ramen Snack Mix

This recipe struck home with me, because I was quite guilty of eating crushed-up, uncooked ramen noodles growing up. Thankfully, Gina and Nick over at The Candid RD put together this fantastic recipe to create a trail mix-type snack to eat on the go.

Ramen Pizza

Ramen Pizza
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If you are anything like me, you know that pizza can be the perfect meal for any time of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, second dinner… you get it. Pizza rocks. The folks over at Bookbyte graced me with the knowledge of this ramen recipe when they covered their favorite ramen recipes for college students. This recipe comes to you from Adam over at Serious Eats.

Ramen Brownies with Whiskey Caramel

I never thought I would live to see the day where I could read “ramen”, “whiskey”, and “brownies” all in the same recipe, but thanks to the team over at 10th Kitchen, I was able to see this mouth-watering masterpiece.

Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich (With Kimchi)

This ramen grilled cheese sandwich recipe I found while researching the recipes could be a favorite. After all, who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? Sarah from The Delicious Life put together this glorious recipe after she thought that the worlds of the the original kimchi ramen grilled cheese and the ramen burger should, in fact, collide.

Ramen Hoagie Roll

Just when you thought the sandwich world couldn’t be more extreme, Grub Street came up with their version of a hoagie roll – using two blocks of instant ramen. It actually looks pretty good.

Ramen Crispy Treats

Ramen noodles are now even infiltrating the dessert world. Miss Mochi put together this ramen-based recipe – a new spin on the classic rice crispy treat. This could go well after a serving of the aforementioned ramen pizza.

Ramen Chicken Nuggets

The chicken nugget universe has seemed a bit boring throughout its lifetime. The Oh, Bite It team recognized this and put together these bad boys. They’re everything you currently love about chicken nuggets, with the addition of our friend instant ramen noodles.

Ramen Poutine

Poutine is an incredible dish on its own. Fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy – you can’t ask for much more. Culinary Bro Down immediately proved me wrong by offering their spin on this Canadian delicacy – substituting ramen for the French fries.

Ramen Waffle Sandwich

Oh, come on! The moment I saw this recipe was the exact moment I realized the world may have gone insane. I didn’t believe there were many options when it comes to a waffle sandwich, but the nice people at Chow Hound showed me how wrong I can be with their savory ramen waffle sandwich.

Ramac & Cheese

Have you ever sat down and ate mac and cheese while thinking, “This would be much better without these pesky elbow noodles”? Well, thankfully Serious Eats put together this glorious beast: Ramac & Cheese. All the glory of mac & cheese with a ramen twist. What a time to be alive!

Ramen Donuts

Ramen noodles. Donuts. Need I say more?

Chili Cheese Ramen

All of America’s favorite foods together at last. The nice people at Food.com put together this recipe for combining the wonders of chili-mac and the ever-so-great ramen noodle soup. I won’t lie, it looks pretty delicious.

Ramacos (Ramen Tacos)

Serious Eats is seriously killing it when it comes to ramen-based foods. This simple recipe can create a new, delicious spin on the world of tacos.

Overall, there are a near-endless supply of fantastic ramen-inspired recipes throughout the world, but you must be able to utilize your creativity and ingenuity to create these fantastic dishes. After all, we are millennials right? We are supposed to come up with these things. Thank you for reading and cheers!

Featured photo credit: Miss Mochi via 4.bp.blogspot.com

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