$3 Dish of the Day: 'Pimp My Ramen' Noodles

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Posted February 14, 2011 by Christina

Here at peta2, we like to bust vegan myths, and we’re setting out to prove once and for all that veganism is cheap. Can veganism be expensive? Duh! If you live solely on processed foods, then of course your grocery bill is going to shoot up. But guess what? If you were eating animal products, your bill would go up too. We’re here to show you that there’s a whole lot of other stuff you can eat that’s yummy and cheap!

For the next three weeks, we’re gonna hook you up with a $3 dish each day—meaning that dish can be made for $3 or less. Sweet, right?

To kick things off, I bring you a fave from PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook: ‘Pimp My Ramen’ Noodles!

What you need:

  • 1 package ramen (Top Ramen Oriental flavor is vegan), $.10 for a package
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. peanut butter, $3.39 for an 18 oz. jar, $.10 for a heaping Tbsp.
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha hot chili sauce $3.95 for a bottle, $.12 for a Tbsp.

Total: $.32!

Crush the ramen and place in a large bowl. Cover with water and stir in the seasoning packet. Nuke for 4 minutes, remove from the microwave, add the peanut butter and chili sauce, and mix well. Eat.

Note: If your mouth can’t handle the heat, you might want to cut down on the chili sauce! And if you want to, go ahead and throw some bean sprouts on your ramen—pictured was just for fanciness’s sake.

So there you have it—a delish dish for only $.32! What to do with the extra $2.68? I recommend getting your fruits and veggies on! Add some nuked frozen broccoli florets after you mix in the peanut butter and chili sauce, and eat an apple or banana on the side.

Christina will be hitting you up with another $3 meal tomorrow, so check back!



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    1350 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Top Ramen Oriental flavor is NOT vegan … 🙁

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      1348 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      Hey Samantha, Top Ramen’s Oriental flavor is vegan. You may be thinking of Maruchan’s Oriental Ramen, which is not vegan. 🙂

  • 1951 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    omg all these things look so good ijust made an all vegan gyro i used tofutti better than cream cheese onion and cucmber to make the tzatziki sauce with a little lemon juice and italian seasoning then i used trader joes soy pita wraps and trader joes steakless strips put lettuce and tomato on and it was delicious

  • 1952 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I made this before I moved on campus since my sister got me the book for my birthday/going to college and it was awesome, except it’s impossible to get the Top Ramen brand in Potsdam, only the Maruchan which is not Veg…so I can’t make it here…

  • 1960 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    This is amazing news!!!! I have been craving ramen for like a month now!! I had no idea that there was a vegan friendly one! omg I feel like running down the street screaming! lol I am on my way to the store after I am done with this to go buy out the store! <3 thank you! *droooool*

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