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The Most Creative Ramen Recipes That You Should Not Miss

The Most Creative Ramen Recipes That You Should Not Miss

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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Last Updated on September 28, 2020

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

    Con #4: Unique Distractions

    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

    Final Thoughts

    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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