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Finally, A Way For Anyone To Easily Make Their Own Instant Noodles!

Finally, A Way For Anyone To Easily Make Their Own Instant Noodles!

Do you love instant noodles, but not the extremely high sodium or overly-processed ingredients? Making your own instant noodles isn’t as hard as you might think! Plus, there are significant advantages to cooking your own food whenever you can: picking the ingredients yourself means you’re more likely to choose healthier ones, it’s often better for the environment, and it can even save you money. Also, fresh ingredients make everything taste ten times better.

So who says instant noodles have to be processed beyond recognition? Try some recipes from Serious Eats in their DIY instant noodle feature. Here’s a snippet of their “Spicy Kimchi Beef” recipe below, check out the article for full instructions:

The Food Lab: Make Your Own Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles (and Make Your Coworkers Jealous) | J. Kenji López-Alt

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How to Make Spicy Kimchi Beef Flavored Instant Noodles

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    According to the article, this instant noodle recipe is inspired by “Shin Ramyun, the spicy Korean instant noodles flavored with kimchi and beef”. They have created their own DIY version of the popular flavor for a perfectly zesty and quick lunch you can bring with you.

    The Ingredients:

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      The recipe includes shiitake mushrooms, beef jerky, kimchi, chili-garlic sauce, scallions, noodles (of course), and beef base with a personal recommendation for which base to buy from the author. Of course, you can skip or substitute as you need!

      The Flavor Base:

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        Forget flavor powder, apparently a moist flavor base is the way to go. They recommend using a moist flavor base “made with a high proportion of real meat” like Better Than Bouillon. A tablespoon of the stuff is all you need to get amazing flavor.

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        Build the Flavor Packet

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          More delicate (read: easy to wilt) ingredients that add the finishing flavorful touch, like chopped scallions, are hard to keep fresh in the container. The author solved this problem by putting their herbs and veggies in a separate ziplock baggy, then folding the baggy and stuffing it into the jar. You’ll simply take the bag out when you’re ready to eat and mix the herbs and veggies in.

          Pack it for Lunch and Add Boiling Water

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            When you’re ready to eat your delicious noodle creation, all you have to do is open your container and pour in some hot water. If you have no hot water machine at your office or any way to boil water yourself, the author suggests trying the nearest deli. If you ask nicely, they will probably give you some hot water to use for your noodles.

            Eat

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              Yum, the final product looks genuinely delicious. You’ll make all your co-workers jealous.

              Featured photo credit: DIY Noodles/J. Kenji López-Alt via seriouseats.com

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              Last Updated on December 2, 2018

              How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

              How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

              Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

              The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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              The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

              Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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              Review Your Past Flow

              Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

              Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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              Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

              Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

              Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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              Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

              Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

              We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

              Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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