Whether you’re a college student pressed for time, trying to save some money, or just enjoy eating comforting meals filled with carbohydrates, Ramen noodles are always available should you need them for fuel.

Ramen noodles were first invented in Japan in 1958, and the term ‘Ramen’ generally refers to noodles in a soup broth. People tend to love Ramen because it can be prepared in a variety of different, flavorful ways, and because of its affordable price tag. Because Ramen is so budget-friendly and convenient, people often associate the dish with college students who find themselves on the go and in need of quick nourishment.

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While there are plenty of different plant-based meals college students could easily assemble on a strict budget, we here at One Green Planet have searched the depths of our Food Monster App to bring you several hacks on how to prepare the always-in-style Ramen in clever and novel ways. It is a classic, after all.

1. Create Your Own Ramen Noodle Pizza

This Ramen Noodle Pizza is perfect because it’s hefty, provides you with ample leftovers, and can be shared with friends. It’s the perfect quirky dish to entice fellow classmates into your communal dorm kitchen. Voila! You just scored some new study buddies.

2. Sneak in Some Nourishment with a Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad

Just because Ramen is convenient doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. This Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad boasts a large amount of fresh, crunchy and colorful vegetables that then get paired with a Thai-inspired red curry dressing. Raw vegetables should never be bland or boring on a plant-based diet.

3. Go with your Gut and add Probiotics like Kimchi to Your Ramen

Recipes like this Thai Green Curry Tofu Ramen with Kimchi show how Ramen can easily take on several bold flavors and marry them together into one delicious, cohesive dish. This dish features kimchi, a naturally fermented food that is also bursting with probiotics and will help keep you alert and functioning at your optimal levels.

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4. Transform Ramen into Green Curry Spring Rolls!

The second we saw these gluten-free Green Curry Ramen Spring Rolls, we knew we wanted to try them. They’re the perfect size to pack in a to-go box and bring with you to study in the library, or snack on in between classes. If you find yourself with some extra time, they’d also be fun to serve as appetizers at a plant-based dorm room dinner party!

5. Swap Out Traditional Noodles with Vegetable Alternatives

If you haven’t tried spiralizing your vegetables to make veg-heavy, plant-based variations on your favorite pasta dishes, you definitely want to give this a try. These Miso Mushroom Zucchini ‘Ramen’ Noodles are a great example of how you can still slurp down your favorite comfort meal while secretly loading up on nutritious vegetables.

Feeling inspired by these ramen hacks? You don’t need to stop here. We highly recommend you check out our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Once you download it, you’ll gain immediate access to 500 free recipes. If you upgrade to becoming a subscriber, you’ll be able to browse through over 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes. Give it a try!

Lead image source: Ramen Noodle Pizza

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