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Meal Prep Cup Noodles

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Fresh ingredients for cup noodles

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

5 minutes

Yield

1

An easy, healthy recipe for cup noodles that you can meal prep and have ready-to-eat in only 15 minutes.

This cup noodles recipe is the perfect recipe for meal prep. You can whip up all the ingredients, put them in a glass mason jar or glass container, then when it’s time to eat them, just throw some water in and microwave them. This is a healthier spin on typical cup noodles when you’re looking for something quick and easy for lunches.

Fresh ingredients for cup noodles

Why you’ll love these cup noodles:

  • Quick: Prep these cup noodles in only 15 minutes
  • Healthy: I LOVE cup noodles that come in a package or styrofoam cups but they aren’t the HEALTHIEST option, so this version is healthy and still is quick to make
  • Versatile: Add in your fav veggies or whatever you are trying to use up in your fridge
Fresh ingredients for homemade cup noodle

Ingredients:

Mung Bean Vermicelli: You can also use ramen noodles if you can’t find these in your grocery store. Mung Bean Vermicelli is gluten-free and made with mung bean flour.

Tamari: Tamari and soy sauce can be used interchangeably here. The difference is that tamari has a richer flavor and is a bit less salty than soy. It is generally a bit healthier as well.

Miso: Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning. It’s a thick paste that is fantastic in dressings, marinades, soups, etc.

Cup noodles in a glass container

How to make cup noodles:

  1. In a 3-4 cup (750ml / 26oz) meal prep container or jar, assemble the noodles, tofu, spinach, pressed garlic, green onions, radishes, and shredded carrots, and top with cilantro and 1-2 lime wedges.
  2. In a small jar or bowl, combine the vegetable stock paste, chili crisp, rice wine vinegar, miso, and tamari. Mix to combine and add to a little jar you can bring with your meal prep container.
  3. When ready to eat, pour the sauce ingredients into your meal prep container and add 2 cups boiling water (the noodles should be covered). Seal the jar or container and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes or until the noodles have softened.
  4. Squeeze the lime wedge over the noodles, stir, and enjoy!
  5. Alternatively, you could add 2 cups of water and microwave for 3-5 minutes until the noodles are cooked, and then enjoy.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

Can you meal prep instant ramen? Absolutely, this easy homemade cup noodles recipe can be meal prepped in only 15 minutes. All you need is glass containers, or jars, and a few easy ingredients.

Can cup noodles be a meal? The ones you buy pre-packaged in the grocery store definitely can be a quick meal but they are generally lacking much nutrition, veggies, protein, or things that will keep you full longer.

How do you pack cup noodles for lunch? Add all the ingredients in a microwavable dish or jar, then when you are ready to eat them, add water, and microwave!

How do you store leftover cup noodles? Generally, the noodles get kind of soggy so it’s best to consume fresh, however, you can put them in your fridge in a sealed container and reheat when you’re ready to eat.

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Meal Prep Cup Noodles

5 from 3 votes
An easy, healthy recipe for cup noodles that you can meal prep and have ready-to-eat in only 15 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Asian-Inspired
Servings 1
Calories 560 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 square dried Mung Bean Vermicelli (you could also use dried ramen noodles)
  • 3/4 cup cubed soft tofu
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 green onion sprigs, sliced thin
  • 2 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1-2 lime wedges

Sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a 3-4 cup (750ml / 26oz) meal prep container or jar, assemble the noodles, tofu, spinach, pressed garlic, green onions, radishes, shredded carrots and top with cilantro and 1-2 lime wedges.
  • In a small jar or bowl, combine the vegetable stock paste, chili crisp, rice wine vinegar, miso and tamari. Mix to combine and add to a little jar you can bring with your meal prep container.
  • When ready to eat, pour the sauce ingredients into your meal prep container add 2 cups boiling water (the noodles should be covered). Seal the jar or container and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes or until the noodles have softened.
  • Squeeze the lime wedge over the noodles, stir and enjoy!
  • Alternatively, you could add 2 cups of water and microwave for 3-5 minutes until noodles are cooked and then enjoy.

Video

Notes

  • Want to add a different protein than tofu? Try cooked, chopped chicken.
  • If there are any ingredients that aren’t your favourite, just double up on another ingredient OR you could replace with: cooked mushrooms, cooked edamame beans or even green peas.

Nutrition

Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 82.8g | Protein: 37.2g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.4g | Sodium: 1339mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 9.4g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Tracey Powell

5 stars
This was really good! I subbed frozen “Japanese style” veg for the carrots and radish. I keep ramen cups in my office desk for emergency lunches but kind of cringe at the ingredient list. This will be my go to from now on. I like that it is customizable to what happens to be in the fridge too.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes! This makes me so happy!!

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