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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
    SeriousEats.com

    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!

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

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    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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