Ramen in an Instant Pot

I have two appliances in my kitchen that have changed my life. One is my air-fryer, the other is my Instant Pot.

I watched a video a few weeks ago of a woman cooking ramen in a tiny Instant Pot. She was advertising a mini Instant Pot designed for use at your desk or when traveling.

I had always just added hot water from my electric tea kettle to the dry ingredients and then if they cooled off before I had a chance to eat them I would re-heat them in the microwave. Bland and boring, I could not understand why they were so revered by and entire nation. So revered in fact that Ramen noodles had been voted the most life changing invention ever for the nation of Japan (based on a 1958 survey.).

In the video I watched, this woman added cheese, eggs, and meat to the pot of noodles prior to cooking. I almost fell off my chair. Why? Why had I not thought to do the same? To me it was just a quick snack of re-hydrated noodles. To her it was a creative endeavor, one she had learned from her father. .

In this pot, I have added, Swiss cheese and ham. No eggs this time. I love eggs poached in my Instant Pot with my noodles. Hubby… not so much.

Deli sliced ham, Swiss cheese and frozen corn have been added to the pot. Photo is of the noodles prior to cooking.

Remove noodles and seasoning packet from the package of Ramen. Break up noodles a bit so that they fit into the pot but not so much so that they turn into dust (unless that is how you like your Ramen then go for it.). Open up the spice packets and add their contents to the pot along with all of the other ingredients you want to eat. Fill the pot with water, just enough to cover the noodles/ingredients or slightly more for additional broth. The more water you add the more diluted your spices will become. I prefer less broth.

This is what it looks like right after being cooked.

After filling the pot to desired water level, put the lid on and cook your noodles. I use the broth setting and usually only for a few minutes. The broth setting allows me to adjust the cooking time. If you are using cooked meat the setting is shorter, 5-7 minutes. Just enough time to re-hydrate the noodles and heat up the meat. If you are using frozen vegetables or raw meat, you might want to add on a minute or two to the cooking time but keep in mind this is pressure cooking and there is a risk of over cooking everything and ending up with mush.

Things to add to your Ramen; eggs, vegetables (fresh and frozen) meat or no meat if you are doing The Fast, cheese; either place cheese into the pot with the other ingredients prior to cooking or after cooking (I like to do both.), adding cheese prior to cooking creates a creamy broth. Adding cheese after cooking lends texture.), extra seasoning packets if you have them.

The finished meal plated up.

In just a few minutes you can have a delicious, hot meal.

Ramen cooked in an Instant Pot is my new comfort food. What odd food item have you cooked in your Instant Pot.



Because Christ wants you to be sweet!

I am gearing up for the upcoming Nativity Fast which begins on Nov. 15th and ends on Dec. 24th. Orthodoxy can be challenging.

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Who can tell me where this quote comes from?

I have been prepping for the upcoming fast and one of the ways I am doing this is by watching videos on vegan meal prep by Frugal, Fit Mom, Christine on Youtube. Ready vegan cookbooks and in general practicing eating bland food and using nut juices in my coffee which is awful.

The Orthodox fast for the benefits of discipline. There are set guidelines and it can get a bit complicated. It’s not a ‘vegan thing’ in the way vegans who are not Orthodox ‘do vegan’. We still eat honey and on some days fish is allowed as is oil, and wine.

The honey thing is what I am writing about today.

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I found this exchange about honey on a coptic Christian website. The first comment made me laugh out loud.

The second comment is wisdom we need to remember when fasting.

Girgisantony in Faith Issues Honey is an animal product like milk and eggs are. As we all know, anything with milk or eggs are not fasting foods. So if we abstain from milk and eggs because they are animal products as we abstain from meat. So can we eat honey while fasting? If we can, why can we have honey and not milk or eggs?

Comments

  • ItalianCoptic edited November 2017 As a convert, I have found those who concentrate on the semantics of an issue tend to forget the actual meaning of it. 
    There are people on here and Facebook who know every detail about all Christian history,  the councils, every single part of the Diving Liturgy, what Abouna should and should not be doing during a Liturgy, how we should dress in the church and even how we should be praying.
     Unfortunately, when you ask the last time they went to the Diving Liturgy or Confession, they have no response because they rarely attend or confess. It’s like trying to play American football without knowing how to tackle. 

    We should be focusing on our fasting by changing a number of things, and incorporating others in to our daily lives. Our eating habits are certainly a part of it. So, maybe no fast food if possible? Have some home made food? Eating less or no animal products, increase our prayer, sing the hymns of the season, and have more of an awareness of Christ in our daily lives. These should be the key points to focus on during a fast. 
    The idea is not to focus on what we can’t or can eat, but how we can improve ourselves and become more Christ-like. Also, be practical. Honey is a valuable source of vitamins and energy for those in certain climates. Egypt fits into that. Many of these rules were put in place not knowing that the church would be international like it is today. Honey was used as medicine — and still is — for centuries. If you look at it for the perspective of those who set out the guidelines of fasting in our church, it makes sense. 

Remember to keep the fast in your heart and not just on your lips. Go to liturgy while you can, another lockdown is coming. Fill yourself up with liturgy and try not to be a Pharisee!


Spanish rice red lentils

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Holy Apostles’ fast began Monday, June 15th. Ends Sunday night June 29th (that’s an orthodox thing can  you tell me what and why?).

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They are a tad spicier than what I would normally eat…

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I don’t have a final pic (I’m not that great at food photography right now.) I do, however, have a pic of the ingredients.

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From left to right starting in the back; red lentils, hard to see but that is dried onions on the bottom right in back with the measuring device/cup that I used, in the foreground left is dried garlic powder, on the right is Weber, N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning. Not pictured is a bag of Jasmine rice and an empty jar of Pace Medium heat picante sauce/salsa.

Let’s talk about that small, empty glass jar in back on the right. I like to reuse jam and jelly jars. It reminds me of my grandmother, and thoughts of her make me happy.

It used to contain fig jam… SO good! It is a 9oz, 255g which is a bit more than a cup (8oz). As long as you do the proper ratios, 1 of rice, 2 of liquid, it should turn out ok.

I soaked my lentils overnight to help make them easier to digest. This was Sunday night that i soaked them but used them this morning. I had stored them in the refrigerator and they did just fine. Here is the recipe.

1C rice (rinsed well several times in cool running water in a sieve, until water is no longer cloudy)

1C lentils

2 tsp Cajun seasoning (more or less to suit taste)

1 TBS dried onion flakes

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 jar of salsa more if desired but keep an eye on moisture levels so that your rice and lentils do not end up soupy. Total moisture (water, salsa) should not come higher than about 1/2 to an inch above rice and lentils.

You may add other ingredients if you like such as chopped onion and/or peppers. If I were not making this for the fast there would be cheese and sour cream for garnish.

Place all ingredients into a casserole dish, cook on top of the stove, or as I did, use an Insta-pot. I added 2 1/2 units of water from that 9oz container (jelly jar) to it all. I set the timer for 10 minutes and before I  knew it, I had a delicious breakfast.

May you have a productive fast.

Lord have mercy.