Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Travelers Microwave Cuisine - Teriyaki Ramen Noodles with Chicken, Snap Peas and Carrots

     Modern motel rooms usually have a microwave oven.  For a traveler, cooking a simple meal can be relaxing and more satisfying than dining in a strange roadside restaurant or eating unhealthy fast food.  For travelers on a budget, cooking a meal in a motel room microwave can stretch the money that was set aside for vacation.  This recipe is made with ingredients that can be found in any grocery store or convenience store.  That is important for travelers.
     Ever since healthy snack foods became popular, small packages of washed ready to eat raw vegetables have been offered in convenience stores and grocery stores.  Sometimes the small packages of vegetables are sold with a dipping sauce.
     If you read the ingredients of the dipping sauce, then you may find that the small container of sauce is full of artificial or unhealthy ingredients.  When I see a list of chemicals on the label, then I usually discard the small container of dipping sauce and just eat the vegetables with a sprinkle of sea salt.  If you are calorie conscious, the saturated fat content of the dipping sauce can nullify the nutritional value of the raw vegetables in the package.  For this recipe, I tossed the dipping sauce out and used the vegetables to make this microwave ramen noodle recipe.
     Whole roasted chicken or roasted chicken pieces can be purchased in the deli department at grocery stores.  Reheating roasted chicken is much better than cooking raw chicken in a microwave oven.
     Individual portion packages of ramen noodles can be purchased for less than 25¢ a package.  Dried bouillon is included in the ramen package.  Ramen noodles are famous for being low budget college student survival food.  I have posted several gourmet ramen recipes and travelers ramen noodle recipes in this blog so far.  People like ramen!
     Small bottles of teriyaki sauce are sold in every food market.  Pre-made bottled teriyaki sauce is a real convenience for a traveler.  Most bottled teriyaki sauce needs no refrigeration.
     Teriyaki Ramen Noodles with Chicken Snap Peas and Carrots:  
     Trying to cook all the ingredients at one time will result in an overcooked mess.  It is better to do the cooking in stages, when using a microwave oven.
     Place enough water in a container to cook 1 portion of ramen noodles.
     Add 1 package of chicken bouillon.
     Place the container in a microwave.
     Cook the broth, till it comes to a boil.
     Add 1 portion of ramen noodles.
     Add 1/2 cup of petite baby carrots.
     Cover the container loosely with a lid.
     Cook the ingredients in the microwave, till the noodles become halfway cooked.
     Add 1/3 cup of fresh snap peas.
     Add about 3 to 4 ounces of thick large bite size slices of roasted chicken breast.
     Cover the container loosely with a lid.
     Cook the ingredients in the microwave, till the noodles become fully cooked.  Cook the ingredients, till the vegetables become tender, and so they still have a little crisp bite.  (al dente)
     Drain the broth off of the ingredients in the container and discard the broth.  (The broth can be sipped on separately like hot bouillon if you wish.)
     Add just enough teriyaki sauce to the ingredients in the container to lightly coat the ingredients.
     Toss the ingredients together.
     Use a fork to mound the ramen noodles on the center of a shallow soup bowl.
     Arrange the baby carrots and snap around the noodles in the bowl so it looks nice.
     Place the roasted chicken pieces on the mound of ramen noodles.
     Sprinkle some thin sliced green onion tops over the noodles.
     This is a tasty, simple and healthy microwave ramen noodle recipe!  Travelers do not have to settle for high saturated fat fast food while on the road.  Cooking something nice relieves driving related stress.  Healthy food on the road helps a traveler to be more energetic when they reach the destination.  Making the food look nice creates a feeling of making something better than what restaurants serve along the highway.  Yum!  ...  Shawna 

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