You can still eat healthy vegan ramen noodles on a budget!
I am having a mad craving of this exact vegan ramen noodles loaded with sesame tofu while writing this post!
Ramen noodles have always been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. Not the one in the cup but the type you get from the pouch with seasoning packets. I usually discard the packet to customize the flavors to my liking.
For some strange reasons, I have been gravitating to a more gluten-free diet since the beginning of Spring. It’s not a conscious choice, it just happens that whatever I eat have less gluten in it. Since I feel great, I don’t see any point on changing the trend.
Anyways, I have been looking for some healthier and vegan ramen noodles to stock up my cabinet. I came across the lotus foods brand, and, oh dear! It’s lovely! Their concept, their products, and their ethics are just beautiful. I wish only they were more available and affordable.
What’s up with the lotus foods brand, who are they?
Lotus Foods is a California based company that focuses on importing handcrafted rice from small family farms to the States. They specialized in Organic, Heirloom and Fair Trade specialty rice grown on family farms with respect for women, water, soils and communities.
You might know how much water rice crops require to grow; as a reminder an average of about 2,500 L of water is required to produce a kilogram of rough rice. That’s quite a lot! The lotus foods partners with small-scale farmers who radically changed how they grow rice, using less to produce more.
With a set of practices known as More Crop Per Drop™ farmers can double and even triple their yields using up to 50% less water on average and 80-90% less seed.
The More Crop Per Drop according to Lotus foods is a smart agricultural practice that protects and restores natural resources, improves incomes and quality of life for farmers, especially women, and reduces climate impact .
Not that you need all of this information but I thought it might help to know more about the brands you purchase and support. It makes the experience more personal in my humble opinion!
The brand’s motto is healthier rice for a healthier life.
Their rice selection is amazing! Their very first product was the forbidden rice or black rice which is one of the best rice one can buy due health benefits, quality, and texture! I am never out of this one!
It is packed with antioxidant! Its value is up there with black beans and blueberries! Please don’t confuse it with wild rice. The latter is a grass, the former a whole grain. Although they can be both be part of a healthy and plant-based diet!
Besides a wide variety of rice amongst them figure pink volcano and jasmine pearl, they also carry a great array of noodles for pad thai, and ramen. One more the delicious than the other, and I swear I still cannot pick a favorite!
These delicious organic rice selections along with the the great vegan noodles and other rice based snacks can be bought at stores like whole foods, iherb, vitacost, amazon, thrive market and other high ends and speciality store.
If you like products with straightforward and clean ingredients, I can guarantee you will fall in love. I highly recommend them for anyone who loves rice, noodles with fewer ingredients, low sodium, gluten-free, and a great cause!
Now, that all of the geeking out is out of the way, let’s talk about how to make this delicious vegan ramen noodles who also happen to be gluten-free and to die for!
When you are making those vegan ramen noodles, it will all the depends on how much time you have to spare as they require nothing special or fancy!
All roads lead to Rome.
The lotus foods ramen noodles only take 4 minutes to cook. So, 10 minutes should be enough to get everything done from start to finish as quick pick me up!
Assuming you have some frozen or fresh vegetables on hand, you will need to allow sometimes for them to cook.
I personally enjoy a combination of mushrooms, bell pepper, onions, green onions or scallion, and tofu if I have any already precooked or seasoned.
If time allows, wash and slice the mushrooms or broccoli if you have any, onions, and bell pepper, roast them for 10 to 15 minutes on medium high.
You can also just sautee everything in some plant-based fat like coconut oil or butter.
Add some vegetable broth, a mushroom broth goes really well with ramen. It gives flavor depth.
Some miso paste if you have any on hand or some some liquid amino to keep it gluten-free, salt, black pepper, parsley flakes, some sriracha if desired. Let the water come to a boil. Add the noodles, and let them cook for the 4 minutes or longer if you prefer them softer.
Finally, top everything up with sesame seeds, more green onions, some hot sauce if you’d like and sit back to enjoy. Easy, right?
Vegan ramen noodles
- Saucepan, ladle
- 2 packs ramen
- 2 clove garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1 medium bell pepper
- 1 cup mushrooms type like portobello, shitake, oyster
- 2 small green onions also known as scallions
- 4 cups vegetable broth or mushroom broth unsalted 4 cups of water plus on teaspoon of vegan bouillon or 1 small bouillon cube
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
- 1 thumb size ginger
- 1 tbsp miso paste
- wash and slice the vegetables.Heat up the stove to medium low. Crush the garlic cloves and ginger.
- Warm up the coconut oil or vegan butter.
- Add the onion. Let it cook until translucent.Add the garlic and ginger.
- Add the vegetables, salt, pepper, miso paste if any, and the broth.
- Bring to boil.
- Add the noodles. Lower heat and let simmer and cook according to packaging.
- Serve topped with the sliced green onions.