A Restorative Shiitake Mushroom Ramen with Chicken Bone Broth
If you're looking for an easy, nutritious meal to boost your immune system and energize your body, this shiitake mushroom ramen soup with heritage chicken bone broth is a winner. Shiitake mushrooms are the star of this show, but high-quality Healo bone broth and tender ramen make it both filling and light.
The Perfect Post-Workout Meal
This recipe is easy enough for a busy weeknight dinner or a quick lunch. And considering the restorative powers of bone broth, it's a perfect post-workout meal.
For this recipe, we recommend our Healo Foods Heritage Chicken Bone Broth. It's gluten-free, keto and paleo diet friendly. Nutritionally, Healo bone broth is chocked full of:
- Iron - to strengthen your red blood cells and fight anemia
- Collagen - to boost your skin, bone and joint health
- Vitamin K - which builds strong bones and improves your blood's clotting abilities
- Vitamin A - great for vision, reproductive health, cell regeneration and skin
- Fatty acids - for cell growth and proper hormone response
- Selenium - an antioxidant that might reduce your risk of some cancers and may ease asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Manganese - which your body uses to build cells, connective tissues and blood clots
- And zinc - for many bodily functions, like digestion, metabolism, healing, and nerve function
Healo bone broths will also save you a ton of time in the kitchen. The stock is already rich with carrot, onion, celery, black pepper and bay leaf flavors. Plus, you'll feel good knowing your bone broth was made with processes respectful to nature, with no antibiotics or animal by-products.
The shiitake mushrooms are a good source of fiber and vitamin D, and the ramen noodles have just a few net carbs to help you power through your day without bogging you down in calories or causing a "carb coma."
This is an incredibly restorative recipe that you can tailor to your diet.
Did You Overindulge? Try this Shiitake Mushroom Ramen Soup
Your health is essential, but everyone overindulges once in a while. Maybe you had a few too many holiday hot toddies or celebrated that bachelor party with too much verve. This shiitake mushroom ramen soup will rehydrate your body and reintroduce the vitamins and trace minerals you crave.
So let's get started.
Gather Your Ingredients
To make this super-soup, you'll need:
- At least 2 oz of shiitake mushrooms, whether dried or fresh
- 3/4 lb of fresh white mushrooms
- 3/4 tsp of minced garlic from a jar, or 3 cloves of freshly minced garlic
- 2 jars of Healo Heritage Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 tbsp of oil, Canola is the healthiest, but a light extra virgin olive oil is tasty
- 1 1/2 tbsp of freshly grated ginger
- 2 packages (3.5 oz each) of dried ramen noodles
- Low-sodium soy sauce to taste
- Coarse ground black pepper to taste
Depending on your diet and taste, you can play around with this recipe by adding:
- 2 - 4 soft-boiled eggs for a protein boost
- Diced green onions
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
- 3 cups of fresh spinach
- Diced bacon for a flavoring fat bomb
- And cooked, shredded chicken
Let's get cooking!
How to Prepare Shiitake Mushroom Ramen with Chicken Bone Broth
Prep Your 'Shrooms
- Start by soaking your dried shiitake mushrooms in three cups of hot water. Expect this to take about thirty minutes. Pro tip: the mushrooms will plump up and pick up any flavor around them, so if you use well water at home, or if your tap water has a strong taste, use distilled water.
- While they're soaking, wash your fresh white mushrooms in plenty of cold water and let them dry on a clean paper towel.
- Drain your shiitakes, and reserve the mushroom water. It's an essential ingredient.
Into The Pot
- Heat your oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add your ginger and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often with a wooden spoon.
- Once the aromas start to fill your kitchen, add your shiitake mushrooms. Continue cooking for another three minutes, or until your mushrooms begin to brown. Turn them gently to avoid damaging the delicate stalks.
- Next, add your reserved mushroom water and bone broth to the stock pot. If you're adding chicken or bacon, add it now. Bring this all to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer for 15 or 20 minutes.
- Now add your fresh mushrooms. Let them simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
- And finally, add your ramen noodles. Pay attention now because they only need about 3 minutes at a simmer. Add your coarse black pepper to taste and low-sodium soy sauce. If you're looking for some kick, try 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. If you're adding fresh spinach, now is the time. It only needs to cook for a few minutes.
This shiitake mushroom ramen recipe can be as upscale or as down-home as you like. For an easy ethnic appeal, serve it in traditional Japanese wooden bowls with matching spoons and pair it with any quality tea.
To boost your protein intake and cool down the cayenne, serve it with a cold glass of skim milk. The hot-cold contrast is an adventure for your senses!
It's really simple to double this recipe, which makes it ideal for a casual dinner party at home. If you're serving shiitake mushroom ramen as a dinner entree, complete your experience with a cold dessert. If you're like this author, and calories don't matter, finish your meal with a cold mint gelato. Your guests will be raving!
Proper Storage for Meal Preppers
This shiitake mushroom ramen soup featuring chicken bone broth is an ideal candidate for Sunday meal prep. Make your soup, let it cool (covered) for an hour or so, and ladle it into containers. Store it in the fridge for up to three days. Grab it on your way to work and reheat it for lunch. Your co-workers will be so envious of the homemade smells from your cubicle that they'll be begging for a bowl.
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