Let them eat noodles

By Mir
April 27, 2012

Y’all know that I don’t buy a lot of processed food, right? But I do give in to certain conveniences now and again, particularly when my approval ratings amongst the under-18 set are dipping a little low. (If you can’t beat ’em… buy them Oreos!)

After, quite literally, months of begging, I bought my children their first ramen noodles. They loved them, of course. I did convince my daughter to chuck the high-sodium flavor packet entirely (not hard to do because we couldn’t find a single vegetarian variety, anyway—the “vegetable” contains beef broth), and my son was placated with just half of it, but still. A couple of monsters were formed.

When I was in college, ramen was a dime a package. It’s more than that now, of course, but right now you can snag a deal at Amazon that gets pretty close: they have a 24-pack of Maruchan Shrimp Ramen for just $3.52 shipped when you buy via Subscribe & Save. That’s Amazon’s lowest price ever, and around just $.14/package. Plus I get a little thrill any time I buy something from Amazon and know they must be paying more to ship it than I’m paying for the item itself.

Besides, 24 packages of this stuff will last us a year. Heh.


  1. Throw in a lightly beaten egg before cooking, and you’ve got protein, too!

  2. Skip the seasoning packet and you have noodles that are good with any Asian dish (FAST and a nice change from rice) and also good on top of salads.

  3. With kimchee, baby! Transports you right to Korea. 🙂

  4. I avoid them because they are fried white flour, even before you put in the packet of delicious salt and msg. But yes, my son adores them. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Yum! This is one of those things that the hubby likes to keep on hand at the office- in case of a late night or not being able to get out for lunch or I was too lazy to pack him one! These will be very handy, thanks Mir!

  6. My son goes through a lot of these. He cooks his in the microwave, then drains the water off. Adds a slice of cheese and some of the seasoning packet. It was the first thing he decided he wanted to cook.

  7. If you’re looking for vegetarian ramen, check out the Kosher aisle of your grocery store (do they have Kosher aisles in GA?). There’s a Kosher brand that makes “chicken” flavor and “oriental” flavor ramen that are meat-free.

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