Easy Noodle Stir Fry

You’ll want to make this stir fry recipe a part of your weekly menu plan!

It is a fact that earlier in the summer, my oldest son requested Ramen Noodles for his 14th birthday lunch. Bleh. I obliged because it was his birthday and because I could afford the 17¢ required to purchase the desired package of what can’t possibly be food since it only costs 17¢. Asa completely understands why we don’t normally eat MSG covered cardboard – but doggonit – he likes the stuff and it was a birthday treat.

Our family used to make a great stir fry dish using Ramen Noodles “back in the day” before we began our healthy eating journey. Asa has fond memories of that dish and was actually the inspiration behind this new version. One day he simply said, “Mom – don’t you think you could just use spaghetti noodles and soy sauce instead of ramen noodles and make the Stir Fry taste the way it used to taste?”  Huh, well now why didn’t I think of that?

We tried it and WOW. We all devoured it (which isn’t entirely shocking because “devour” is typically what we do around our table three or more times each day). This dish is great for several reasons:

  • It is very easy to make.
  • It is completely healthy.
  • You can make it a variety of ways, depending on which vegetables your family likes and has on hand.
  • You can make it a meatless dish or add chicken to make it a complete meal!

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Easy Noodle Stir Fry
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2-4 cups fresh or frozen veggies of your choice (broccoli, carrots, peas, peppers, corn, zucchini, squash, etc.)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove minced fresh garlic or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 10 ounces whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • Soy sauce (to taste)
  • Sea salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, toss vegetables, garlic and olive oil together - cooking on medium heat until veggies are tender.
  2. In the meantime, boil the spaghetti noodles in water and drain.
  3. Stir cooked veggies and noodles together.
  4. Add soy sauce, stirring until the noodles are barely coated.
  5. Add sea salt (and more soy sauce) if desired.

Easy Noodle Stir Fry

What is your relationship with Ramen Noodles? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Do you know what’s in ’em? You don’t want to know. I highly recommend switching to whole grain pastas and skipping any MSG filled sauces and flavorings as part of your Funky Fresh Kitchen challenge. You can do it! Look how tasty this dish is without any artificial anything!

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Comments

  1. Kristal says

    Hate ’em! Even when we were eating most of our meals out of a box, I still refused to serve them. They make my fingers and toes swell!

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  2. Lyndsay says

    This made me chuckle because yesterday at lunch, one of my boys wanted ramen noodles. And yes, I made them. I love ramen noodles, so do my kids. Which is why once every month or two, I make them. They were eaten as a side dish to PB&J on whole wheat bread and grapes. So I figured it couldn’t hurt them too much. Everyday? Not going to happen. I can’t wait to give the stir fry a try. My hubby loves stir fry, so I am sure at least he will devour it. Who am I kidding? I have four boys. They will all devour it, because really, do boys eat any other way?

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  3. Carrie says

    I started using Better Than Bouillon to make broth and using the, still unhealthy, but no MSG, noodles from the Ramen noodles. Maybe not completely healthy, but better, and my kids love Ramen noodles!

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  4. Cali says

    love them but hate the ing… I haven’t bought them in forever though. I’ve made a similar stir fry before and added sweet chili sauce. It’s soo good!

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  5. ejs says

    Lived on them in college, have a hard time eating them now.

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    Danielle B Reply:

    LOL I lived off of them in college too! And for a short time after college until I got sick of them. I haven’t touched them in yearsssssssssssssss.

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  6. Kris says

    We use an organic noodle pkg from Koyo that does not have a bunch of garbage in it. They are somewhat different from Ramen and healthier. I add organic tofu or some fish to them sometimes (my protein options are limited due to health issues).

    But, honestly, it is pre-packaged, and I should be making my own, too.

    So thanks for the inspiration! I will do that this week!

    Also, have you tried the Quinoa spaghetti noodles from Azure? They are pricey, but high in protein and we love ’em. They’re better tasting than whole wheat. Yum!

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    Danielle B Reply:

    Does the organic tofu still have HIGH levels of estrogen in them?

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    Kris Reply:

    Danielle, I don’t doubt it does. But as I said, I am limited as to what I can have, so I eat a limited amount of tofu -about once a week. I do not give it to my family because of the hormones.

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    Danielle B Reply:

    Awwww ok. I did try tofu years ago and liked it. I was going to try it a few months ago ago and heard that it had the high levels of estrogen in it. I was hoping the organic tofu didn’t.

  7. Micki Hawkins says

    We like ramen – but onlty eat it once in a great while… also, they are part of our 72-hour emergency kit and a staple when when we go camping or backpacking. When we do fix them at home we always stir in a couple of eggs once the water boils, and often add peas or julienne carrots or green beans or corn. it is kinda like egg drop soup!

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  8. says

    My son loves them, I hate seeing them but sometimes that’s what we have cuz it’s super cheap.Bleah. I’m going to try the stir fry your way with the spaghetti noodles. It has to be better than the ramen.

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  9. lyss says

    Haven’t had ramen noodles in ages. Aside from msg and who knows what else, those things are loaded with sodium!
    I make stir fry often, but always use brown rice. Maybe I should try noodles to change it up.

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  10. Laura says

    i like them only when i’m sick and in need of some comfort food :)

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    Crystal Reply:

    That’s funny you mention that because I think the last time I had them was about 4 years ago when I had the flu! I was nauseated but the first thing I wanted was ramen noodles!

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  11. says

    My husband LOVES them… so I do buy them on occasion, like once or twice a year! But my kids have never had them and I quit eating them a long time ago.

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  12. Corrie J says

    They are so yummy. But I don’t (almost) ever buy them. We took some on a camping trip and my husband told the kids, “These are the most delicious terrible food you will ever eat.” They were confused until he explained. But it was kinda nice that my 5 year old didn’t know what they were. We added fresh beef and veggies and it was tasty :)

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  13. kristin says

    Growing up we ate them quite a bit. As an adult, I ate them sometimes, but now that we eat much healthier, NEVER.

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  14. sarina says

    when i was little someone asked me what was my favorite meal that my mom made. i said: noodle soup (aka top ramen)…. now i feed my family organic whole foods :) question: we are allergic to soy around here, any ideas for substituting the soy sauce?
    thanks!

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    Kristina Reply:

    Try Coconut Secret’s Coconut Aminos. Not quite the same but a sub for soy.

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  15. says

    Sounds delicious, am printing and adding to the menu this week (we’ve got so many veggies to use up). Love the noodles instead of rice. Ramen noodles – I’ve never cared for them but I used to make a bok choy salad that used the noodles but not the sauce, it was really really good.

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  16. Kristi says

    I have 2 packages of Ramen noodles that have been in my pantry for well over a year. I refuse to cook them and feed them to my family since we started eating real food about 16 months ago, but I also can’t bring myself to waste anything and throw them away… I have a feeling the garbage will win out in the end.

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    Danielle B Reply:

    I always put stuff we won’t touch in the “feed the hungry” bag that the SPS does every year.

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  17. Rachel B says

    Mmmm! Looks yummy! Have you ever tried Bragg’s Liquid Aminos? I use it in place of soy sauce in any recipe that calls for it. Tastes great and SUPER healthy. I order it through Azure. Just thought I’d share that healthy tip in case you weren’t aware of Bragg’s, yet. Which would be AMAZING if I actually knew something about health food that the Heavenly Homemaker didn’t know!! ;) Do I get some kind of prize if this was new info to you??? :)

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    Dawn Reply:

    I’ve read on the Healthy Home Economist’s site (Sarah Pope, Weston A Price chapter leader) that Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is “loaded with MSG”.

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    Rachel B Reply:

    Hmmm … I’m not sure where they got their info but the only listed
    ingredients are non-GMO soybeans and purified water. I’m not big on soy
    but for seasoning purposes this seems like a good alternative.

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    Dawn Reply:

    I had not researched it personally, just quoted something from her site. I actaully went to the Bragg’s website and it looks like it is okay! Yay!! The following is copied from FAQ section on the Bragg’s site:

    Do Bragg Liquid Aminos contain MSG?

    Bragg does not add any MSG to its liquid amino products. However, MSG is found naturally occurring in many foods, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and soybeans. Since Bragg Liquid Aminos is made from soybeans, there can be some very small amounts of naturally occurring MSG. Patricia Bragg is personally very opposed to adding MSG as a food ingredient to foods, and she is very sensitive to MSG. Many of our customers who are very sensitive to MSG have never had any adverse reactions to Bragg Liquid Aminos.

  18. Cathy B. says

    Yum! This sounds terrific. I have a cabbage salad that my family loves that uses the uncooked noodles from a package of Top Ramen. The noodles soften as they sit overnight and absorb the salad dressing. Does anyone know of a healthy substitute that would work for that?

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    Crystal Reply:

    I’m wondering this too! My mom has a salad that uses cabbage, noodles, sunflower seeds, almonds with a soy sauce dressing. It’s soo good!

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  19. says

    I ate top ramen when I was pregnant, but I didn’t want to cook/eat anything healthy, but I’m over that now. I’m back to making good food!

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  20. says

    No ramen noodles in our house. My kids don’t even like them and I am glad. I eat more than my fair share in college. But, hey! I loved the substitute idea.

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  21. says

    I crave them when I’m sick, I like them with an egg and frozen peas in them. Yum, but I don’t keep them in our house, otherwise I’ll eat them al the time, I may have to try this for lunch sometime.

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  22. Annette says

    I buy them occasionally when money is tight and that may be the last thing in the house till payday. Usually though I only cook from scratch so I hope it does little harm.

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  23. Emmi Rose says

    This looks great, especially with some meat to round it out for teenage boys! I do have one question I keep wanting to ask. Have you ever used organic, white noodles? The boys just don’t go for the brown noodles so much.
    I love the recipes. In the last two weeks or so I have tried 8 or more new ones and they have all been a hit! Breakfast has been so much fun. Thanks for the insperation!

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  24. Joan says

    I used to buy Ramen noodles years ago when kids were little and money was tight. One day we gave some to our dog and she broke out in hives. Way too much sodium. Your recipe looks really good. I am going to try it this week.

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  25. Alicia says

    I used to eat them in college even though I knew better. Then one day I was eating them while studying from a textbook. The page had a colored box on it. I splashed a drop of ramen liquid on the page and it BLEACHED it! I’ve never eaten ramen since.

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  26. says

    We ate them growing up, and occasionally before we had kids. Now, virtually never. I have a salad that calls for them, but I only make it once or twice a year. This recipe does look great, and much quicker than brown rice! I will keep this in mind next time we are in the mood for stir fry!

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  27. Angelina says

    I’ve made this dish before, or similar to it anyway, but I made it in my wok. And I did add chicken. and onions. Cooked the onions and garlic until they were “fragrant” and then threw in all the other vegetables and then the noodles once everything was cooked. Yummy! :-)

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  28. says

    The kids love Ramen and would eat it everyday if I bought it. We don’t like the fact they have MSG and who know what else in them, so we quit buying them. Your stir fry recipe sounds awesome and we will definately be putting that on next weeks menu:)

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  29. Yvonne says

    It looks like you used whole wheat spaghetti noodle, or is it the soy sauce that made it look more brownish?

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  30. says

    Don’t like them! My kids do like them, but I won’t buy them. I love this recipe why didn’t I think of this so easy and the kids will like it too.

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  31. Gail E says

    I have never enjoyed eating Ramen noodles, but my husband loves them. Your recipe sounds delicious -more of what I would enjoy eating and I think would be a hit with the family, so I’m printing it out so we can give it a try later this week.

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  32. Kathy McConnell says

    I haven’t had raven noodles in over 5 years. I love them, am gluten intollerant. My son loves them and had them for lunch this summer. We got some bad ones and he hasn’t asked for them since. This recipe sounds good, I could sub. brown rice spaghetti. If I was making it for my husband, he’s not real fond of soy sauce. Don’t know about other sauces mentioned. Never tried them and if expensive, not in budget which is really small until Feb.

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  33. Christy says

    I used to eat them endlessly (college budget meals!), but we’re almost entirely msg-free these days. The soy sauce/stir fry plan works great with leftover rice and veggies, too!

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  34. Amy T says

    I agree, Ramen noodles are disgusting. And I don’t want to know what’s in them!!
    This dish looks great, if only I could get my kids to try vegetables. It’s a work in progress. . .

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  35. Star says

    LOL! My husband and oldest son ask for Rame Noodles every so often too, and I avoid them for the same reasons as you!

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  36. blair says

    We like ramen noodles, but don’t eat them much… A box of 12pkgs recently last us 3 months, and there are 4 of us. So probably once a month. For my husband and myself, I only use half of the packet of seasoning. For the kids I use 1/4 of the seasoning, otherwise WAY too salty!!

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  37. says

    My kids love ramon noodles and always want them but I’ve limited them a LOT since I’ve started my healthy food journey. I’ve never made stir fry with noodles,, I think I need to try that!

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  38. Sarah Z says

    I had them last week for the first time in years. Ewww! I’ve gotten so used to my whole grain noodles like your recipe I almost couldn’t choke them down. Unfortunately my kids loved them! :p

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  39. Kathleen K says

    Ramen noodles. Hmm. Been so long since we’ve had them, I don’t know if we like them or not. But knowing what is in them (msg, chemicals, and things I can’t pronounce) and what isn’t (fresh, whole, unprocessed foods), I’d have to guess we wouldn’t eat them. Fortunately, we live in a very large metropolitan area and there are many Asian supermarkets nearby. There we can select from a wide variety of noodles–rice, wheat, buckwheat, yam, bean, and many more. It adds a little variety to our diet.

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  40. Shannon says

    Ramen noodles were a staple during our college years. Lets see, ramen noodles, diet mountain dew and eating out. We’ve come pretty far now. LOL. We actually made up a couple of dishes with ramen noodles. One was a “Ramen Stir Fry” invented by my husband. He’d throw a couple of eggs over top the ramens and some green beans for a full meal. :)

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  41. Shannon says

    Oh, also, is Braggs Liquid Aminos similar to the soy sauce you linked to? I prefer to buy as much in the store instead of online and can find the Braggs in the store but not “good” soy sauce. Thanks

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  42. Amy says

    This looks so easy! I am always trying to come up with good Asian dishes and they usually fall short. This seems very doable!

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  43. says

    I’m another one who used to go through cases of ramen noodles in college. I used them as a snack, with a cheese stick stuck in the bowl so it got all melty. No wonder I gained weight, if that nastiness was just a SNACK in between dining hall meals and hamburger helper. Oh well, I felt so grown up cooking my own “food” in my own kitchen and I suppose we all have to start somewhere! Thank goodness I have come a long way since then!

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  44. Adrienne says

    My kids love Ramen Noodles too :( I have gotten them to at least eat them cooked in chicken broth and throw out the seasoning packet. A decent compromise in my book.

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    Jenny Reply:

    this is exactly what we do! My daughter loves them, and this makes me feel a little better about them.

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  45. says

    I never really cared for Ramen noodles (I was more of a cup o’ noodle kind of girl). But my husband used to eat Ramen as “bachelor” food. He would cook up 2 or 3 packages, add mayo (for creaminess) and frozen peas. He would eat them directly out of the pot. Have you ever tried coconut aminos instead of soy sauce? Amazing stuff!

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  46. Lisa says

    Okay, so before reading this post, we USED TO like them! :)

    Anyway, it’s not somthing that I consider a real healthy meal anyway, just sayin’ we used to like them!

    This recipe looks so good! Laura, what do you recommend for a family that has trouble digesting broccoli? Should we just leave it out? And just soy sauce and some salt? That sounds really quick and easy! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  47. Barbara says

    I bought Funky Kitchen a few years ago – love it!

    My 10-year-old daughter LOVES Ramen Noodle Soup; I think it’s because she can cook them without me helping. That’s one of the reasons I bought “Teaching Your Kids to Cook!” Now I can teach her how to make your healthy version – thanks!

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  48. says

    I don’t mind the taste of Ramen Noodles, but HATE the ingredients, for that reason they really don’t appeal to me. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. My sons love noodles!

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  49. Nancy Michel says

    We had to eat them to supplement our food budget. That was the first thing to go when things got beter!
    The recipe sounds very easy but do you really need to add additional salt, as soy sauce, even the “lite” soy sauce contains a lot of sodium? I would add leftover meat like chicken or beef if I had any. I have made something similar but with brown rice, the veggies and scrambled eggs added. Yummy!!

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  50. Vicki says

    I, too, ate Ramen Noodles many years ago when I was single & in school. But now…yuck! It has sooooo much sodium in it. I just can’t handle it anymore!! This recipe looks really great, though. I’ll be fixing this tonight for supper! YUM!

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  51. Amanda S. says

    I will try this one out soon. Never thought of it, either. My kids love ramen noodles – this recipe sounds much better.

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  52. Kristi says

    Stirfry is delicious! It’s one of our favorite meals. Some of our favorite sauces to make are sweet and sour sauce, teriyaki sauce and thai peanut sauce.

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  53. Abby says

    Oh! We have a homemade Ramen recipe….My daughter LOVES ramen noodles so I was desperate to create my own version. Surprisingly they aren’t that hard and WAY better too. My kids even think so :)
    We usually freeze homemade chicken or beef stock in 1 & 2 cup portions so it made it a snap. Heat up the chosen stock in a saucepan until boiling…..add noodles of choice (we use cappelini or angel hair)….add fresh peas and carrots (diced up real tiny like) when we are feeling fancy for a Cup-O-Noodles flair. Add salt and pepper to taste and voila! The noodles soak up the broth the same way the Ramen noodles do and it’s MUCH healthier than store bought. Almost as cheap too! Hope this helps some of you.

    Ps. We also add a dash of cayenne cuz we like spicy food :)

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  54. Elizabeth S says

    Rice noodles from the asian market with gluten free soy sauce and you have a gfcf simple dish. We eat it with salt& pepper on the meat and fish sauce over top as another variation. Julian the veggies and my kids eat more that way too. We love it.

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  55. Rhoda says

    I let my kids eat some noodle type soups that we buy from a Korean food store as it is more like what they would have gotten in Vietnam where they were born. Maybe they are not the best choice, but as we eat fairly healthy for other meals (and they don’t eat them all the time), I figure this is one easy way to keep them in touch with their birth culture and similar type foods. Added veggies helps too.

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  56. Vicki says

    We used to eat Ramen noodles all the time but now that we’ve started eating whole foods, they taste like cardboard to us too! I can’t wait to try this!

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  57. Marina says

    I used to loovve ramen noodles! We mixed them up with mayo and cheese (I know, just the way to make them more unhealthy), LOL. Haven’t had them in years.

    I made a similar stir fry the other day. If you add a beef bouillon cube to the boiling water it adds some flavor to the noodles, yum.

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  58. Micah says

    Never had ramen noodles. I was more of a large fry and large frozen coke kinda girl!! We really like stir fry with rice so I’m sure we’ll like it with noodles!

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  59. says

    Ramen is one of those foods that always SOUNDS a lot better than it ends up tasting! I used to have it a lot as a child; now it’s more of a once in a blue moon nostalgic thing. When I make stirfry, I use tons of veggies & some chicken, season with garlic & soy sauce, & serve over rice. I have bought udon noodles before, but the store where I got them is far away & I doubt they were whole grain! I’d love to find a whole grain recipe for udon noodles…

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  60. Kelly says

    Nums! I admit, I had (still have) some ramen on hand for kids visiting to do quick lunches, etc. I always like to add stuff to it… I’ll put several in a big pot and add veggies and some meat. Then I got to thinking that I could make my own with …. spaghetti noodles, lol. And sure enough, some bouillon (sp?), some sketti, some veggies, some meat…. and it’s healthy modified ramen soup!

    Anxious to try the stir fry though…. way to go, Asa!

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  61. Kathy says

    I love whole wheat pasta, but my family, well, they just aren’t into the nutty taste. This way, I can get them to eat them thinking they’re lo mein!

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  62. Melissa says

    This looks like a fabulous dish and one I am going to try! Ramen noodles, hmmmm, used to use them as a summer or out of school lunch for the kids, and switched to cup-o-noodles. I love your website by the way!

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  63. Stephany says

    When I found that they had MSG in them I wanted to cry. My boys love them so I hope I can convince them to like this recipe instead, lol.

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  64. Bernadette says

    Did you somehow know I have an overabundance of broccoli right now? We will definitely be having this on Tuesday night!

    And yes, I used to like ramen and as a kid thought it was so cool how you could get such a big box of them for $3.00!

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  65. Diana Campbell says

    We actually have some in the kitchen now. I had banned them for some time but my husband decided to rebel and bring them back in. What’s a woman to do!

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  66. Courtney says

    Yum! We make a dish similar to this and add fresh ginger too. Even my picky eaters gobble it.

    Blessings,
    Courtney

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  67. Jami says

    We ate them many years ago! Used to make a yummy chicken salad with the oriental flavored ones. My kids have never had them because we cut them out a long time ago. But this recipe looks yum-0! I might even replace one of our meals this week with it! Mmmmmmmm

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  68. says

    This looks great! I love stir fry, but rarely make it. My husband isn’t a big fan of plain old spaghetti, but I still buy the noodles. I’m thinking this is the perfect way to use them up and also do a different take on a stir fry!

    Thanks,
    Heather

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  69. says

    I used to LOVE Ramen noodles… now I know what’s in those packages, so I don’t touch it with a 10-foot pole… your stir-fry looks good… I wish I could come up with something that tasted like the chicken-flavored Ramen. Mmmm… :)

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  70. JenJ says

    I loved Ramen as a teen. My 9yr and 4yr old love them and would eat them every day if I let them! Even the homemade version is not as liked. I have to stay away from Ramen. Even when I cook for my kids, if I get a bit on my finger and lick it off, I get an instant migraine and funny numb feeling in my throat. I feel guilty each time I give it to them! But I really limit it to once a week. I will have to try this stir fry!

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  71. says

    Ramen Noodles — yeck! Whole Wheat Pasta — Yum!
    What do you recommend to use for soy sauce — do you have a natually fermented one? I’d love some advice — haven’t been able to find a natually fermented one at the store or from Azure Standard. Thanks!

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  72. Julie says

    We make a similar dinner – only we use Angel Hair pasta (or rice noodles). It is hte only subsitute Hubby will accept for Ramen Noodles.

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  73. Serenity Summers says

    My husband and I lived on Ramen noodles in college! YUCK!!!! We also used to make the stir fry with them and loved it :) Good times!!!!

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  74. McKinsey says

    We survived on Ramen noodles when we first got married. I mean where else can you have a meal for 25 cents! I’ve not personally had any in years so this will be a great alternative. I have everything right now to make it except soy sauce lol!

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  75. april says

    we were making stir fry with left over beef slices tonight – anyway! with our new eating choices i was not certain what i could put on them — soy sauce is an okay, real food, huh? good to know. I just received my KOMO grain mill and made my first loaf in the bread machine — the result was quite heavy but i’ve determined i’m on a learning curve so i’ll persevere.

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  76. Jen says

    I haven’t had ramen noodles in years and years. I always did love them (the taste), but I just knew they were really horrible, even before I got into NT and healthy eating. My children have never had them, and I hope they never do. :)

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  77. Priscilla F. says

    Good substitute for something I like but know my body doesn’t. Just wish I could find something that sub’ed for the noodles dry in a fresh Bok Choy Salad we love to eat. I’ve just been leaving the noodles out, but they did add a nice texture element.

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  78. Susan Robinson says

    This sounds great. I used to love Ramen noodles, but can’t stand to eat them now knowing what I know about their ingredients. Thanks!

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  79. Cara C says

    Never have liked ramen. The idea of eating empty carbs swimming in toxic water really turns me off lol. Your stir fry looks really good tho, I’ll have to try it.

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  80. Brenda says

    oh, how I love ramen noodles. a staple from my teenage years. I hate to admit that during my recent pregnancy I actually craved ramens not good for me yumminess and gave in a number of times… thanks for posting a healthy version, we will try it soon!!

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  81. Diane says

    My family likes ramen noodles too, so I buy them but I throw away the seasoning packet and put chicken or vegetable broth icecubes. They melt enough to cool down the noodles and give it some flavor. I season it with a little salt.
    Thanks for the recipe, I like to add a little ginger in stir fry recipes.

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  82. Angela says

    I have definitely eaten my share of ramen noodles pre-whole foods diet. I don’t think I could do it anymore. This dish looks super simple and delicious though.

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  83. Brighid says

    I have definitely eaten ramen but not for years, like many readers. I do have two teenage boys and we can certainly go through a lot of pasta, especially when their friends stay for dinner.

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  84. Carie says

    Ramen noodles remind me of the down sides of college life. I only use them in an awesome cabbage salad now.

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  85. Sea says

    We have a love/hate relationship with those noodles!! Funny though, they went on sale this past week for 13 cents and so I bought several. The rule is though- the seasoning packet is discarded and never used, and we dress up the rest like yours (even though real noodles look good!). And a side note, our income is now half of what is was two months ago, so I am learning to adjust and budget tighter with groceries!

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  86. Talia Bartoe says

    I make something similar to this except I use tamari with a little grated ginger to add flavor. Yummy!

    Hubby loved ramen noodles, but hasn’t really complained about the lack of them.

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  87. Kate says

    My kids love them, but they’re a special treat for when they visit my parents’ house. My dad calls them “Roman Numerals,” so that makes it more fun. :) Personally, I lived on them at lunch for my first year out of college, and don’t really have a need to ever eat them again. I didn recently find some similar noodles at a Whole Foods that were not fried and had no seasonings. I cooked them in organic chicken broth and the kids said they were okay, but not as good as their grandfather’s. Oh well, can’t win them all!

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  88. Toshia says

    I love to make stir-fry. I am able to take a small amount of meat if I choose to use it at all and tons of vegetables and a whole grain and make a meal that stretches very well. Your dish looks wonderful!

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  89. Rejoicedover says

    Funny how eating Ramen in college seems ‘universal’! I, too, craved them during one of my pregnancies…The spaghetti noodles work really well with Thai peanut chicken stirfry

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  90. Carmen says

    I haven’t bought Ramen in years and even when I did, I mostly used the noodles, not the seasoning. I love making stir fries and “fried” rice – I keep it simple by using leftover chicken or beef, frozen veggies, onion, sometimes mushrooms, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.

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  91. KathrynB says

    We used to eat them all the time. (Ahem, not all that long ago.) But we don’t anymore. I do love the chicken flavor, but now I know the salt and flavoring would be too overpowering.

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  92. Robyn says

    A good variation to this recipe is to exchange the noodles for brown rice. Cook the veggies the same way, add cooked rice, cooked meat, and even a cooked egg. Fried rice anyone?

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  93. susan says

    that stir-fry looks good. we use ramen. mainly now just for the noodles. i don’t use the flavor packets, but have subbed spoonful of msg-free chicken bullion. but i’m gonna try switching to broth this winter with the kdis.

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  94. Amber S says

    Ramen noodles- yuck! My husband still likes them- I’m disgusted by the ingredients and nutrition label- but there are still a few packages hidden in the pantry- he hasn’t asked for them in a very long time, and I haven’t offered!

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  95. Shannon says

    Update: Love this! Made it for lunch with Bragg’s since that’s what we had and even my son liked it. I didn’t have olive oil so used sesame oil. It will be on our rotation!

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  96. Dara says

    my husband and I make fun of ramen noodles for the fact that they are, well, as you said- MSG-covered cardboard. however, in our newlywed days we did buy quite a bit of them for lack of funds. :-P Now, thankfully, we rarely have them. I like Asa’s spaghetti-noodle idea! good thinking!

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  97. C Dazey says

    Some of my family’s favorite meals are various stir-fry dishes, usually made with spaghetti – though we’ve tried rice noodles and linguini too. But, sometimes, we still find it all too easy to slip back into the .17 package of comfort…

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  98. ELENA MARSHALL says

    I love noodles/pasta in general,….but believe it or not,….my 16yo daughter made a ‘jingle’ about ramen noodles that starts like this,….”Oh I want me a cup of ramen noodles,…” The child just LOVES THEM!!! :o\

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  99. Tammi M says

    Loved ramen noodles while in college! :) Of course now I shutter to think about how terrible it was for me!!

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    Yolanda Reply:

    That’s ok, Tami. Starvation is not very healthy either. :)

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  100. Staci says

    I’ve made this before, but making a kind of terryaki sauce from my soy sauce, nice to get a simple suggestion of just using the soy sauce, great idea for when I am busy or tired. All those veggies look great, I think cabbage would be good in it to.

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  101. Christina Frei says

    Yes, it’s very strange how yummy ramen noodles taste considering they are not made out of food, really. We don’t buy them, ever, but I’m looking forward to trying this recipe to see if we can replicate the taste…:)

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  102. Shelley says

    Hubby and oldest child love RAmen…I’ve never been a fan. However, it’s been a while since we had stir-fry…this looks super easy…and only has a few ingredients…we will have to try it! :)

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  103. darialauren says

    My husband and asa have those noodles in common! Myhusband looooooves them and often wants me to buy them lol. I think irs the cheapest way to make his day:) but since he likes them “cooked” a certain way that only hr knows, splurging once in a blue moon is exciting for him…and me:) since I get a meal off!

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  104. Jean says

    I used to like Ramen Noodles. I’ve been eating mostly whole foods for several years. I had Ramen Noodles a couple of month’s ago for old time’s sake and Blechhhh!!! Your Stir Fry recipe sounds wonderful though! I hope to try it this week!

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  105. Elizabeth Ginter says

    I’ve always been afraid to try Ramen Noodles! However, this recipe looks really good…I’ll be trying this sometime this week!!

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  106. Emmi Rose says

    These were an awesome tasting, quick to make lunch. sometimes I just need something that will go over well and this definitely did. thanks so much

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  107. Lena Courbron says

    My kids LOVE ramen. I know how bad they are for them and have been wanting to find an alturnative. your recipe looks so good. I think I will try it this week for them.

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  108. Georgette says

    I ate them as a kid a few times. I can still remember that enticing smell and taste. Oh so bad for you so I stay away. I can’t wait to try your version. Thanks!

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  109. Mandi says

    I don’t really have a relationship with Ramen Noodles, but I think this recipe sounds so simple, healthy and delicious that I’m going to develop a relationship with it! I love that it is built in veggie (obviously, it is a stir fry after all).

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  110. Teresa Yb says

    I’ve been making a similar dish for quite a while. I cook some garlic with the veggies and add some red pepper flakes and ginger for some kick.

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  111. Missy says

    My husband requested ramen noodlesin his boxes from me while he was stationed in Afghanistan last year. I can’t stand them, they’re too salty for me. We’re trying stir fry tonight with noodles. Can’t wait!

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  112. Kim says

    I eat Ramen noodles but I throw the packet out and use my own seasonings. I like to saute red peppers and sweet onions in olive oil and then cover the noodels with it. Yummy. Looking forward to trying this recipe. I wish my husband and son liked vegetables!

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  113. Desi says

    We do this too, but when we toss the soy sauce, we add a little fresh parmesan cheese too! (Not sure why, but we do, and it is yummy)

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  114. birthrightrose says

    My kids and I love Ramen! I have been tossing out the ‘flavoring’ packet for ages though. I make the noodles and add either an MSG free bouillon cube or stir in a TBS of Miso after the noodles are done. We called it Oddles of Noodles growing up and it is a sure fire cure for me when I feel like throwing up.

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    Erin Reply:

    Where you you find MSG free bouillon cubes? I’ve looked high and low and haven’t been able to find them. Thanks. I would love to find some.

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    birthrightrose Reply:

    We have a warehouse club in the East called BJ’s and they have soft
    bouillon cubes in beef and chicken flavors that are MSG free. They are
    also a good price. See if you can get them!

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  115. Naomi says

    @Erin……I purchase MSG free chicken & beef base at Walmart! It’s in jars on the top shelf in the soup aisle. It’s by ‘Better than Bouillon’, it does have a few not so good ingredients, the best by far is homemade chicken stock, but this comes in handy as a close 2nd! :)

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  116. Heather says

    We sometimes have ramen noodles around here. We don’t use the seasoning packet though. We just throw it away. The kids then mix their own versions of chinese sauce using jellies, balsamic vinaigrette and liquid aminos. They are happy when they can make a snack and I am happy that I don’t have to. :)

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  117. Karen says

    I just made this tonight expecting leftovers for lunch, but my family devoured the whole thing and begged me to make it again sometime. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  118. Shana says

    I’m weird. I don’t like Ramen Noodles cooked. I like them raw. I actually brake up the uncooked noodles in the bag and pour the dry seasoning packet over the top. Yes I know it’s bizarre but I’ve always loved the crunch of dry pasta. I even used to steal a spaghetti noodle or two out of the pot before they all drowned in water.

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  119. Jenny says

    We used to love ramen noodles. Tried them again not too long ago. Yuck! I sure miss the idea of them though. Trying this tonight. Thanks for the makeover

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  120. Bev k says

    A little orange marmalade with some soy and terikai is tasty on the whole wheat noodles as well

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  121. Lena Courbron says

    made these for lunch today. was a big hit with the hubby! my one year old loved it as well. DH says this would be great for dinner! Thanks Laura, you’ve done it again!

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  122. Nikki says

    I just read your post about fats and oils and how it is apparently not healthy to high heat vegetable oils, but I see here you are frying with olive oil… is frying not considered high enough heat to create the damaging changes to the oil?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, sorry for the confusion on that. Olive oil is fine up to 450 degrees without becoming unhealthy. Since it would be very difficult to even come close to that tempurature in this recipe, I don’t think you need to worry about it being damaged. Thanks for asking!

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  123. Alicia S. says

    My family used to enjoy stir fry, but I’ve become sensitive to soy. Do you know of any substitutes for soy sauce that still impart flavor? I haven’t seen any…

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    Kris Mays Reply:

    I would use sea salt, instead.

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    Felicia Reply:

    Try Coconut Aminos! This is what we use now since we went soy free. Taste just like it!

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  124. Erin C says

    This pregnant mama is satisfied!! AND my 3 young kids along with my husband gave it rave reviews and kept saying, “This is sooo yummy!” I had a little trouble getting all my veggies cooked uniformly, but it was still so good. I used frozen peas, fresh baby carrots, green pepper, a pearl onion and fresh green beans from the garden. The green beans never did seem to soften enough, while the peas got overcooked. No worries, though, those are easy fixes. Thanks again for another great and easy recipe!! I will definitely be adding this into our regular rotation.

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  125. Stephanie says

    I just found this recipe over the weekend and made it tonight for my hubby. He can’t stop talking about how delicious it is! I used green beans, chunks of onion and whole baby carrots with spaghetti noodles. I will most definitely be adding this to my meal rotation. Thank you so much!!

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  126. Jen says

    I wonder how a tablespoon or two of your homemade onion soup mix would taste in this dish, as a replacement for the seasoning pack. Hmm… how to rehydrate the onions though? Maybe mix a little of the boiling pasta water with the onion mix in a small bowl or mug while the pasta is cooking, then stir it into the finished dish before serving. I think I’m going to try it!

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  127. Cheryle says

    Have to try this really soon. Recipe sounds very versatile & good for those days when dinnertime sneaks up on you.

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  128. Chellie says

    I know this is an older post, but I love this idea! I’ve used gluten free rice pasta and I’ve used the Stir Fry rice noodles on the “Asian” isle at the grocery store. They are even more healthy than a while grain pasta (especially if you are gluten intolerant like me.)

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  129. Joy says

    Have you tried the pasta made from veggie? Usually has dried sweet corn, carrot and squash as listed ingredients. I don’t know how healthy it actually is or if made from whole grains too.

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    Laura Reply:

    Haven’t tried it, but sounds like something to look into!

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  130. says

    Hey!! I tried this tonight for my supper. Home alone tonight so I wanted something easy. I’ve looked at this recipe many times and just couldn’t imagine anything so simple could be so delicious! But is IS! I had leftover spaghetti pasta in tne fridge as some pepper, half an onion , and a tiny hello squash languishing in my fridge. It turned out fantastic! Thank you for a great recipe and an even better way to use up leftovers! I love it! Best lo mein I’ve had lately!

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