Asian Beef Noodles is not an easy choice for us. Our message is about healthy food choices. This recipe is far from being healthy, but it is extremely budget friendly. We calculate the price per serving at just $1.50 USD, and we are not talking about a small burger from the dollar menu. This is a filling meal.
Thoughts About Nutrition
A quick scrutiny of our Asian Beef Noodles recipe reveals many unhealthy aspects. The “bad” shows up in the nutritional label. CalorieCount.com rates this recipe as a “C-“. Typically, our other recipes receive a “B+” or above rating. We choose to include this dish because it is easy to prepare, very affordable, and demonstrates an innovative use of a highly processed food item: Ramen Noodles.
Consider the Source
We imported this item from the Master Cook 15 software recipe library. The source of this recipe is the Texas Beef Council, which explains a lot about the ingredients. When we have questions about steak or chili, we talk to Texans. However, at the risk of sounding demeaning, we ask, “What the heck do Texans know about Asian cuisine”? We do applaud them for including other cultures in their daily menu. At Healthy Urban Cooking, we prefer recipes from smaller specialty websites. Advertising driven recipe clearinghouses like Food.com or All-Recipes.com are boorish.
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Using Ramen Noodles
Let us talk about Ramen noodles. As the joke goes, college students in the United States survive on Ramen noodles. However, before we dismiss Ramen noodles entirely, there is a lot we can say about these inexpensive packages of food. Sure, we would like to see people explore the benefits of low carb noodles, but they cost more. Like 900% more. Oddly enough, most of the “unhealthy” in Ramen noodles comes from those so-called flavor packets. These packets are “salt bombs” and contain 80% of the daily recommended sodium intake. By just throwing away the flavor packet, you end up with a bowl of relatively healthy and incredibly inexpensive noodles.
Is Asian Beef Noodles a Good Recipe?
Start with the obvious. This recipe is not up to our healthy standard. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to improve this meal without sacrificing the fast, simple, and budget friendly components of the recipe. Begin by disposing of the flavor packets. Substitute an extra teaspoon of ginger and a teaspoon of white vinegar. Also, add a tablespoon of light oil and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. This will add to the overall cost, but it will bring down the sodium numbers to a reasonable level and enhance the oriental flavor of the dish. Avoid using Soy Sauce (even the reduced sodium type) as this is another high sodium ingredient. You could use rice instead of Ramen noodles, but this would take the whole fun out of making this dish.