ramen and sesame soy broccoli

This weekend was ragingly busy and equally as awesome. Teaching riding lessons, yoga sculpt teacher training graduation (!), and three days of the BRIDAL BRIGADE BEACH HOUSE BONANZA II. What is that? It’s the entire wedding party bridal brigade from my BFF’s wedding getting together, renting a beach house, buying at least 30 avocados, enough booze to to fill a pool, and more delicious food than anyone knows what to do with. Sound awesome? That’s because IT IS. This was our second and definitely not our last. #BBBHBII #BBBHB4EVA

That being said, Monday was a pretty rough day at work and by the time I got home at 8:10 after my shift at the studio I needed something quick, tasty, and with a bunch of veggies that desperately needed to be used. What to do, what to do… Ramen + veggies = delicious ramen that sort of could be called faux pho that didn’t even take the whole episode of Law & Order: SVU to make. Genius.

Yes we decided to make a visit to the grocery store to try our hand at real pho with some authentic ingredients, but hey, we both cleaned our plates and it was a cheap, fast, vegan dinner. Upgraded ramen for the win!

And I was inspired by the lime roasted broccoli we made at the beach house and threw together a more Asian flavored version to have on the side or in your ramen. It was really satisfying and green.

Confession: I have a childhood deep and abiding love for Top Ramen Original (oriental?) flavor. So I loved this as is and would make it again. Don’t ever ask me to read the ingredients in the seasoning packet. Ignorance is bliss and possibly high blood pressure.

You could definitely toss the seasoning packet and use veggie broth with some added ginger powder and soy sauce, but it would be an experiment.

ramen upgrade
Ingredients:
2 packs original flavor ramen
1 small onion, sliced
2-4 cups water
1 jalapeño, seeded and sliced
3 radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced/julienned
Fresh ginger to grate on top

Prep:
1) sauté onions in olive oil till translucent, add the ramen seasoning packs and cook for 1-2 more minutes
2) add water and bring to a boil, toss in the noodles and cook for 3-5 minutes
3) pour noodles, onions, and broth in bowls, top with jalapeño, radish, bell pepper and several good grates of fresh ginger
4) smell, smile and devour.

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But wait! The broccoli!

sesame soy broccoli
Ingredients:
1-2 lbs broccoli, chopped into florets
Soy sauce to taste
2-3 Tbs sesame oil
Spices: salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, garlic powder to taste
Pickled curry garlic cloves (totally optional)

Prep: oven to 350
1) toss everything together on a lined cookie sheet or in a casserole dish
2) place in oven for 20-25 minutes stirring/tossing every 7-10 minutes
3) serve hot from the oven

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Put it all together with a couple New Belgium beers (Fat Tire!), light a candle and watch Dave Grohl’s new documentary about the legendary Sound City music studio. It’s an awesome trip through rockin music and how it’s made. While you’re at it, watch Dave’s keynote address at SXSW this year too. Worth it.

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