Koyo Ramen

A few years ago we always kept a stash of Nissin Top Ramen in the office, we’d buy boxes of it when it went on sale 5 for $1. Oriental or Chili Lime. I remember feeling not quite full after eating one package, so I started making three packages at a time for two of us to split. And then…I noticed in the nutrition facts that one package is counted as two servings. So that’s a total of 540 salty, delicious, empty calories in 1 1/2 packages.

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Last week at the health food store, I found Koyo brand ramen. “No Additives. No Fillers. Just Real Ingredients.” Sounds like they took out all the good stuff, and charged three times as much! Could this actually taste good?
(By the way, 99 cents is a sale price – they’re $1.39ea on the Koyo website!)

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The first thing I noticed is the lesser amount of noodles, and the fact one package is actually one serving size. It is a bit higher in calories per serving, although it doesn’t contain any oil like Top Ramen does (perfect for a strict fasting day!).

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I don’t like my ramen with a ton of broth, I like a concentrated salty seasoning on my noodles that isn’t too watered down. Since I’m using the microwave at work, I heated plain water in the bowl and then nuked the noodles for about a minute. Then I drained all but maybe half a cup of water and added the seasoning. Stir it up and let it sit a minute.

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The noodles – made only of “organic heirloom wheat flour, sea salt” – are definitely lighter, and at first I freaked out because I thought I accidentally bought the low sodium version. Where is all the sweet salty goodness?? My taste buds adjusted by the end of the bowl, though, and I enjoyed the mild flavor. I didn’t quite feel full, but I wasn’t exactly hungry…I ate a couple dates. I felt fine.

I don’t think I’d cough up $1.39 for these, but if I’m near the health food store again before the sale ends, I’ll probably stock up. I think 99 cents for a Lenten lunch is pretty fair.

Do you ever try to find healthier versions of your favorite naughty foods? Do the healthier versions cut it??

Carolina BBQ & Avocado Sandwich

Okay, last Wednesday I made Carolina Jackfruit BBQ for the Lenten potluck, and I burned it, and I wanted to throw it away and I couldn’t believe anyone wanted to eat it! But they did. I had the leftovers in the fridge for a few days before I could bring myself to try the BBQ again and see if I could figure out why everyone liked it so much. You know what? I really liked it leftover and cold! And as I mentioned, I had a bunch of avocados to use up.

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So I made this really simple sandwich with the leftover BBQ, thinly sliced onion, and sliced avocado in pita bread. I didn’t add anything else, it was great just like this. I still think I would prefer the jackfruit Not blackened, but this is really good!

By the way, this is still oil free and perfect for a strict fasting day.

Recipe Recap
1/2 C Carolina Jackfruit BBQ
Thinly sliced onion, to your liking
Sliced avocado, to your liking

Classic ALT

Avocados were on sale when I stopped at the grocery store Saturday, so I stocked up. Of course even the green ones I snagged are already ripe enough for use now, so im in hurry to find ways to use them besides just making guacamole. A classic ALT sandwich seemed like a good place to start.

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The beauty of this sandwich lies in its simplicity, it’s just a clean version of the BLT. Here we have avocado, lettuce, and tomato on your bread of choice.

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There’s no need for mayo since the avocado provides all the delicious fat you need. Just sprinkle the tomatoes with salt if you’re missing the saltiness of the bacon. Simple as that. It’s a surprisingly filling sandwich, ready in minutes.

Depending on your bread, it can also easily be oil free – perfect for a strict fasting day.