September 29, 2011

Thursday's Quick Lunch- Ramen Done Right

Every once in a while upon learning that I'm a vegan, I will be asked  a question by someone which has become tiresome over time.

"But isn't being a vegan expensive?"

I'm not entirely sure where this falsehood has emerged from, but it has plagued me for quite some time. I want to equivocably say, right now, NO, Being vegan is not more expensive than not being vegan. In fact, I have found it to be LESS expensive. And here's an example as to why, (With prices in Canadian Dollars)

Quick and Easy Ramen
1 Carrot, cut into slices
1/3 cup broccoli slaw (or normal coleslaw mix)
5-8 snow peas, cut in half
1 ramen noodle block
1/2 bouillon cube of choice (I used mushroom)
2 cups water

Bring a few cups of water (not the ones specified) to boil, and drop in the ramen. Cook until soft, drain, and rinse. Set aside. 
In a small saucepan, bring the 2 cups of water and the bouillon cube to boil, reduce to low-med, and add in the carrots, simmering until softened
Add in the broccoli slaw, and snowpeas, cook for about 1 minute on low. 
Add in the ramen noodles, and swirl to combine. 
Transfer to bowl, and enjoy

Cost Breakdown: (approximates)
Bag of carrots: 2$ for about 12 carrots, used 1, so about 17cents
Coleslaw Mix: 2$ for a bag, used about 1/8 of a bag, so 25 cents
Snow Peas: 3$ a bag, I used 1/4 of it, so 75 cents
Bouillon Cube: 3$ a box, which has 6 Cubes, I used 1/2 a cube, so 25 cents
Ramen: Varies, but I used gluten free, which came to about 1$ a block, however normal ramen costs approx 30 cents a block. 

Total Cost:  2.42$ for gluten free, 1.72$ for regular noodles. 

Not too expensive, eh?


  1. I made this tonight because I was intrigued (and I loved ramen back in the day!). This was really simple, pretty tasty, and filling. I used a vegan chicken bouillon cube instead of mushroom, but otherwise followed directions exactly. Thanks for the recipe! I may continue to play with this and try different variations!

  2. @RunningCUITE I hope you do! It's so delicious, and actually healthy! Thanks for reading!