We’ve recently become authentic ramen devotees. It started when Kira took us to Ramen Yebisu in Williamsburg the last time we visited NYC. Then we found some amazing ramen right here in SLC at Kobe (if you haven’t been since the new owners took over you must go!).
Ramen is not really on the list of things you can eat though when you are eating super clean. We also have a friend that is trying a super-restrictive diet to see if that helps with some GI issues. All she is eating is various animal proteins, some oils and zucchini, carrots, spinach and green beans, this is based on the book Digestive Health with Real Food: A Practical Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory, Low-Irritant, Nutrient Dense Diet for Ibs & Other Digestive Issues.
When you are eating in a restrictive way it’s almost out of the question to go out to eat or get together with friends to eat. Often you’ll end up making poor choices or find that even the healthiest choice on the menu doesn’t comply with what you need to eat, breaking one of the main tenants of cheat meals.
With all of this in mind we had our friends over for what we called “pain in the ass lunch” so we could stick to everyone’s various eating regimes. We then put everyone’s initial on their bowl and did a call out for each ingredient when it was time to assemble.
“Miso paste?” Me! Me! Me! NOPE!
“‘Noodles'”? Me! Me! NOPE! Me!
“Soft boiled egg?” NOPE! Me! Me! NOPE! — Cool, so just one and the two of us split it? Yup!
And on down the line. The nice thing about this recipe is that everything is optional. If you have a vegan or vegetarian you can swap the bone broth for vegetable broth and keep on rolling through.
I did capitulate and eat the pork belly—I should have had chicken to stick more closely to my clean eating sprint—but the mind is weak when pork belly is involved.
|3 oz||Pork Belly||Chicken|
Ahem, moving on.
The biggest change we made was to swap out traditional noodles for zucchini noodles! These were really easy to make and are SURPRISINGLY similar to real noodles—which really brought the ramen home.
This is super easy to modify to meet all the different food restrictions that your group may have. The recipe we made was much higher in calories and fat than the one presented below. Ours was made with homemade bone broth (a real treat!), pork belly, avocado… (and originally clocked in at 689 calories, 26.5g fat, 35.6g carbs, and 47.2g protein—still nay too shabby for a ramen dish). I have adjusted the recipe below to fall closer to the caloric and fat limits of my clean eating plan.
- 2 c Chicken broth (precooked)
- 2 oz Chicken Breast (precooked)
- 2 t of Red Miso Paste
- 1 Zucchini
- ½ Carrot
- 2 Mushrooms
- ½ Soft Boiled Egg
- ¼ c Bean Sprouts
- ½ Lime (cut into wedges)
- 1 T Green Onion (sliced thin)
- Splash of Homemade No-Sugar Sriracha (or a few thin slices of jalapenño)
- Heat broth on stovetop in a medium-size saucepan.
- Heat your chicken and slice it into ¼" thin slices
- Use a julienne peeler to create zucchini strips, peel and all. You want the longest strips you can safely make. Sauté these in a little extra virgin olive oil until they are just turning golden and very slightly crispy.
- Peel carrot, use a julienne peeler to create strips then cut these to ~2" long. Add the carrots to the broth to cook/soften them.
- Lightly sauté mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil
- Assemble Ramen - add miso paste to bowl, broth (with carrots), protein, 'noodles' (zucchini), mushrooms, sprouts, squeeze lime and also add spent peel, onion and sriracha.
As always this recipe is presented as one serving for easy nutritional calculation with a very strange weight of 991g—you'll want to quadruple it if you have friends over and make sure to use a BIG pot for the broth/carrots.
The macronutrient split for this dish is 39% carbs / 9% fat / 52% protein — making it a good recipe to round out a higher fat / lower protein day.
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