Ramen noodles are maybe a thing of your past, when in your college days you were living on food that costs 32 cents, but let’s face it, ramen is dang delicious. Whether you’ve simply moved on since your youthful pocket change meals, or just found yourself uninventive when it comes to ramen, now is the time to revisit this old school food. There are many ways to use ramen that maybe you haven’t even considered. This is the decade of “the foodie” where people are creatively changing the ways we enjoy such simple foods and ramen noodles are no exception. Getting creative with something considered to be a poor man’s dinner is a bandwagon all of us can hop on, maybe even save some money and eat well while you’re at it. Here are ten recipes to get you tossing those noodles into your grocery cart, once again.

1. Ramen Burritos

The “ramenrrito” hit the scene just after the sushirrito blew up our Instagram feeds with mind blowing combinations of worlds we didn’t see coming. The ramenrrito, however, is looking like it may have some more longevity with its taste factor being something rather amazing. Maybe we as a society have just turned a corner. We want delicious food on the go, and we want it handheld. We want burritos!

2. Ramen Crust Pizza

Oh yes, you can make a crust out of ramen noodles. Before you get all “that’s weird”, just pause and think for a moment; spaghetti, sauce and cheese tastes delicious, no? So wouldn’t it with quick cooking ramen noodles? Pizza pie (err, ramen pie). With the crust baking to a delicious crunch, while still remaining slightly chewy, this may be one for the books. With only 10 minutes of prep time, and 20 minutes of cooking time, this dish (made best in a cast iron skillet) will have you reconsidering your pizza and ramen ways forever.

3. Ramen Crispy Treats

When childhood and the college years bring you into the next phase of life, meaning adulthood and likely, parenthood. Woah. This dessert, which is essentially rice krispies squares with a twist, is both easy and cheap to make, and somehow still manages to be wildly impressive. Kids and adults alike will love the crispy ramen noodles in their melted marshmallow ooey gooeyness and this recipe shows them cut in shapes, dipped and drizzled in chocolate. Who would have thought ramen noodles could be anything but savory?

4. Ramen Mac & Cheese

Noodles and cheese, the basic elements of a mac and cheese, but instead of the “mac”, how about some “ram”? Okay that short form doesn’t work…but ramen absolutely DOES work as a substitute for macaroni noodles, and they cook in way less time. Ramen noodles only take 2 minutes to cook, then drain, add cheese and milk and whatever other flavors you feel like, and you just combined two poor man’s dinners into one gourmet something or other.

5. Asian Ramen Salad

Everyone loves a bit of crunch to their salad. It’s what makes us feel separated from the rabbits when eating a bowl full of greens. That crunch holds value in a salad. Uncooked crushed ramen noodles are the perfect complimenting crunch to an Asian salad that you’ll be kicking your heels up for.

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6. Ramen Donuts (aka Ramnuts)

Yes you read that correctly. Someone actually spent time and energy on making ramen noodles into elaborate donuts. Somehow, it’s not even that crazy. Ramen is a starch, a rather plain one, and why not make it into the dough of a doughnut, and live a little?

7. Ramen Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Sick and tired of feeding your kids the same freaking dinners day after day? Kids can be like that, they like what they like, and they know what they know. Those are some big walls to tear down with little tastebuds, and it can take some extremes to get them to try new things. So instead of trying something new, how about trying something they already know and love, and giving that a twist so the whole family can enjoy it? The use of broken ramen noodles as a crust on chicken nuggets makes for a fast and easy dinner choice for the whole family, without sacrificing on that crispy fried taste (without actually being fried, of course).

8. Thai Chicken Ramen

If you love Thai chicken soup, then this one is for you. With the fast cooking ramen, you won’t even have to worry about the rice, and can whip this soup up in no time, and for less money. With ingredients like light coconut milk, Thai green curry paste, carrots, peppers and cilantro, this recipe is one to warm you up and fill you up. Who knew ramen could look so….fancy.

9. Korean Chicken & Ramen Waffles

Remember when waffle irons were used for waffles only? Lol, silly us. These super awesome griddle pans cook food evenly, quickly and come out looking rad. Combining cooked ramen mixed with egg and poured into a waffle iron makes for a super delicious base to this Korean chicken recipe. Chicken & waffles, with a ramen twist!

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10. Ramen Burger

In 2013, The Original Ramen Burger was born. A creation of Keizo Shimamoto who merged his Korean and L.A. cultural influences and created a burger with buns made of ramen noodles. The burger made its debut in NYC and had line ups until they were sold out, day after day. Now, that same concept has an at-home version with this mouth watering recipe, so you can skip the lines and have one in the comfort of your own home. Plus, that addition of a fried egg is genius. Get out your napkins for this one!

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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