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Easy Campus Cooking When You’re Not Feeling Well [Intro to Cooking]


Around here, the end of January looked like colds and sick days. I could rarely muster the energy for showering, let alone cooking. This simple modification of my favorite flavor of Ramen noodles was a perfect alternative: effortless and just spicy enough to clear my sinuses!

If your dorm room situation prevents you from cooking on a traditional stove, this is a perfect microwave recipe!


-1 pck. Ramen noodles | roast chicken flavor
-1/4 c. carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
-1 fresh jalepeno, sliced into thin rings
-1 c. bok choy, napa, or cabbage
-1/4 c. mushrooms, washed and thinly sliced
-2 tsp. Sriracha
-1 tsp. cumin
-1 tsp. coriander
-1 tsp. dried basil
-1 tbsp. lemon or lime juice

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yields:  1 serving


1. To boiling water add 1/2 seasoning packet, sriracha, cumin, coriander, basil, and lemon juice. Stir.
2. Add noodles and cook until tender. Gently remove noodles from water, leaving water in the pot. Set noodles aside in bowl.
3. Continue to boil the water for 5 minutes, allowing some of the water to evaporate and the flavors time to condense.
4. In the bowl, layer noodles, vegetables, and top with broth. Serve immediately.

[Lead image via jreika/Shutterstock]

Born and raised in Kentucky, Ari is a twenty-something living in Covington, KY. Lover of strong coffee, cherry fritters, and her floppy hound dog. Ari spends her down time day-dreaming about the perfect craftsman bungalow and peonies. She has a penchant for white lace and old jars. She works full time for a social service agency, and is currently on a mission to discover her own interests.