Traditional ramen is time consuming to make. Instant ramen is not exactly the epitome of good nutrition. Neither are on-plan for Trim Healthy Mama! But if you’re craving ramen I’ve created a simple, flavorful, low-carb ramen recipe for you. Simple ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes!
Have you ever had authentic ramen? I have not, but am very familiar with the dirt-cheap instant ramen packets that are the iconic college miracle food.
You can make so much with a packet of ramen. Including making yourself unhealthy. Yes, they’re tasty, easy, and super cheap but at what cost in the long run?
Your body is priceless! It deserves nourishing fuel, not calories that are ironically empty and loaded at the same time. Void of nutrition and loaded with unhealthy chemicals!
How Is Authentic Ramen Made?
Years ago I watched a movie called The Ramen Girl, starring Britney Murphy. While the plot centered around a young lady somehow finding herself through ramen, I found the process of making ramen fascinating.
Ramen making was, apparently, a Japanese man’s thing. Something a father passes down to his son. The son in this case eschewed this tradition and ran off to cook other things.
But she wanted to learn. This required overcoming a language barrier as neither spoke the other’s language.
It starts with the broth, which is slowly simmered. For a very long time. A good bone broth is so nourishing so that’s a great start!
The movie didn’t get into all the technical intricacies of how to make ramen. Because you make it with your heart and soul.
A bowl of ramen is a self-contained universe with life from the sea, the mountains, and the earth — all existing in perfect harmony.
Harmony is essential.
What holds it all together is the broth. The broth gives life to the ramen.Maezumi, the tyrannical Japanese ramen chef. The Ramen Girl, 2008
The Secret To Low Carb Ramen.
Rich, delicious bone broth is absolutely on-plan for Trim Healthy Mama. So are veggies, meats, and eggs.
Where it all goes off the rails is with the noodles, of course. I’m sure authentic ramen noodles are amazing. One day I’d like to try some honest to goodness ramen.
But until then I’m enjoying ramen again with konjac noodles. There are several brands out there but I find the ones made with konjac root and oat fiber, like the Trim Healthy Noodles, are my favorite.
Other Names For Konjac Pasta.
You might find these wonderful low carb pasta (and rice) alternatives called shiritaki noodles, ito konnyaku, and the naughty-sounding devil’s tongue noodles.
They’re definitely not naughty for your THM meals, though!
While we don’t count calories, these amazing noodles only have around 20 calories per serving. They also have zero net carbs and no fat.
This makes them a natural choice for any dish requiring traditional pasta!
How To Use Konjac Noodles For Low-Carb Ramen.
Some brands of konjac pasta have a somewhat off-putting odor, described as fishy, when you first open the package. Don’t be alarmed though, this is easily remedied!
Simply rinse the konjac pasta very well under cool water before adding to your ramen.
One of the best things about shiritaki pasta is that you don’t have to boil a pot of water and cook them! They warm quickly and easily when added to soups, sauces, or other hot dishes.
You can also dry roast them, in a skillet, a bit. This helps give it a more pasta-like texture.
While some people don’t care for the texture right out of the package it doesn’t bother me. Consequently I don’t bother with dry roasting them.
What Are The Ingredients In Simple Low Carb Ramen?
Since my recipe is quick and easy there’s no slaving over a hot stove to make broth with your heart and soul. You just need a few simple, healthy ingredients:
Broth, of course.
If you have rich, nourishing bone broth on hand definitely use it! Keep in mind that the flavor of the ramen will change from batch to batch of broth. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your tastes.
For THM S ramen, use the rich broth. For THM FP ramen, skim all the fat off your homemade bone broth when making it. This is easy to do when the broth is chilled and the fat solidifies.
Or, store bought broths are typically fat free and work for either S or FP style ramen. You can boost the nutrition of store bought broths by adding gelatin to them.
Simply sprinkle gelatin over the cold broth when you put it on the stove to warm. It will “bloom” after a few minutes, just stir or whisk it in.
Garlic And Ginger.
I prefer to use fresh garlic and ginger most of the time but feel free to use powdered if that’s what you have on hand. I’ve included equivalent measurements for dry spices.
Garlic is wonderful for good health. Ginger helps aid digestion and can encourage your metabolism to get going.
Miso And Liquid Aminos.
Miso is a Japanese paste made by fermenting soybeans. It gives a lovely umami flavor to the broth. Miso soup is eaten daily by many Japanese people and it has many reported benefits, such as anti-aging.
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, which are non-GMO soy-based, contain the following essential amino acids:
Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tyrosine and Valine.
Why are amino acids important? If you don’t get enough of them it can prevent your body from making the protein it needs to function. And that can lead to tissue breakdown.
Chicken (Or Other Protein).
Since all our Trim Healthy Mama meals are centered around protein, of course our low carb ramen needs some!
I prefer chicken over beef for ramen and don’t eat pork, which is very common in authentic ramen recipes. However feel free to use whatever meat you like.
To make this a THM Fuel Pull (FP) use chicken breast (or other very lean meat). For an S, use breast or dark meat, your choice.
Garnish with sliced green onions, red pepper flakes or chili garlic oil (try my Simple Garlic Chili Oil), and half a soft boiled egg. If you don’t like them soft boiled a hard boiled egg is fine.
For a THM FP just use the egg white, use the white and yolk for an S meal. You can even skip the egg if you want.
Enjoy Ramen Again!
If you love ramen and have missed it I hope you’ll give my easy recipe a try. In spite of the noodles being different, it’s a delicious alternative to unhealthy, off-plan instant ramen.
My low carb ramen makes a wonderful, soothing soup for the cold days ahead of us.
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced (or 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger)
- 4 cups broth (use fat free for FP)
- 2 teaspoons miso
- 2 teaspoons liquid aminos
- 1 1/2 teaspoon high mineral salt, or to taste
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon THM Super Sweet, or desired sweetener to taste (see notes)
- 2 cups cooked, diced chicken breast or meat of choice
- 1 - 14 ounce package Trim Healthy Noodles (or other konjac and oat fiber based noodles)
- Sliced green onions, for garnish
- 2 soft or hard-cooked eggs, cut i half (optional, for S style)
- Red pepper flakes, optional
- Hot chili oil, optional (for S style)
- In a sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add garlic and ginger and saute for 30 seconds, being careful not to let it burn. If using powdered garlic and ginger skip this step and add with broth below.
- Add broth, miso, aminos, salt, cooked chicken, and noodles and stir well to combine.
- Heat until hot and steaming, stirring occasionally.
- Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with sliced onions, red pepper flakes and/or chili oil, and half a boiled egg (for THM S), or for THM FP just garnish with sliced green onions and red pepper flakes.
Using a rich bone broth is great for THM S style ramen. You may need to adjust seasonings as homemade bone broths vary in flavor profile.
For a FP or Light S ramen, use fat free broth (or homemade bone broth with the fat skimmed)
Adding sweetener is optional. I felt like the broth was just missing something so put a couple pinches in and that made all the difference. It's not enough to make it sweet, just gives it a dimension of flavor that was missing for me.
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