Quick and Easy Meal of the Month – Chopped Beef and Ramen Noodles

Who hasn’t had Ramen noodles?  This is a rhetorical question because I want to believe that just about everyone has tasted these.  They aren’t the best meal but they certainly hit the spot when you are craving them, or you want a low-priced meal option.  For those who honestly don’t know what these are:  Ramen noodles are Asian noodles that usually come dried with a small packet of spices in the package to add after softening the noodles by cooking them.  I have eaten them this way for years (as I’m sure you have too) but recently, I decided to do something a little different to make the meal more appealing.

I had some beef Ramen noodles and I decided that it would be a great idea to add real beef to the mix.  So I grabbed some chopped beef from my fridge and added it.  This is a very simple dish that you can prepare quickly for yourself or your kids.

Start with the meat.  Usually I just use chopped beef from the freezer section of the grocery store.  But if you have left over pieces of beef from another meal, you can use these instead.  Start by lightly saute the beef to warm it up but to jazz up the flavor, you can cut up and add some onions and bell peppers.  You could even add some stir-fry vegetables, salt, pepper or other seasonings to mix if you like.  While this is sauteing, go ahead and boil the noodles.

Once the noodles are done, you can add the small packet of spice that is included with the Ramen noodles; however, I usually discard it because the flavors from the stir-fried beef is all the flavor I need.  But it is up to you.  If you are not using the packet, then completely drain the water from noodles.  Grab a plate or a bowl and place the noodles on it.  Then, layer the beef topping on the noodles once its finished cooking.

Finally, enjoy!  Keep in mind that you can also make this same meal using chicken or shrimp.

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