Easy Shoyu Ramen

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Once it's at a boil drop the heat to a low and let it simmer for 1 minute. Jackson has clients who've lost weight successfully with the plan, and she thinks meal-replacement products in general are a good way to learn about realistic portion sizes. It should be salty, tangy, slightly smokey from the bonito flakes , and meaty tasting. SlimFast is a U. Shoyu ramen is supposed to have curly noodles, but I prefer and recommend the straight noodles.

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The plan boils down to a time-tested strategy: Move more and eat less. Dieters eat one balanced meal a day and use Slim-Fast products-shakes, bars, soups, frozen pasta entrees-to replace two other meals. For snacks, you can choose conventional food or calorie Slim-Fast snack bars lighter than the meal-replacement bars, which pack calories each.

To get moving, you walk, jog, or do yard work for at least 30 minutes a day. This is a low-cal diet-obviously, meal replacements contain fewer calories than the average foods most folks eat. First, you purchase Slim-Fast products at the supermarket and use them for two meals a day and snacks. Then you eat one regular meal to calories for breakfast, lunch, or dinner-your choice. An Easy Options Plan, outlined on product labels, provides more details. For further guidance, the company's Web site offers tips on everything from training for a 5K race to gaining the emotional support of family and friends.

And one meal a day that includes lean meat, starch, vegetables, and fruit. Low-carb dieters can skip the starch and eat more veggies. Between meals, you can choose from snack bars or healthful alternatives such as fruit, veggies, fat-free yogurt, nuts, pretzels, and air-popped popcorn.

Fruit is the top choice for dessert, but you can occasionally substitute sugar-free puddings or sorbets. Slim-Fast is one of the few diet companies to back up its products with the gold standard in diet research: The latest findings, presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity in October , show that people who used Slim-Fast on and off for 10 years to maintain their weight were on average 33 pounds lighter than a similar group who went without the meal replacements.

As long as you eat a balanced meal and snack on fruits, veggies, and other nutritious choices, the plan is sound. The Slim-Fast Web site urges dieters to consume at least 1, calories a day and lose no more than 2 pounds a week. Turning the pork over every side to coat, every 30 minutes. Once it's done remove the pot from the oven and let the pork cool in the fridge for a few hours but ideally overnight.

To make the Bonito Dashi this is easy and fast to make, less than 10 minutes: Place the pot over medium heat and let it come up naturally. Just before the water comes to a boil remove the kombu from the water. Boiling the kombu can create a bitter and slimy textured dashi, and you don't want that. At this point add the bonito flakes and let the water come all the way up to a boil.

Once it's at a boil drop the heat to a low and let it simmer for 1 minute. Remove the pot from the heat and add a lid to the pot. Let the bonito flakes steep in the hot water for an additional 5 minutes. Strain the dashi into a heat-proof container and discard the bonito flakes. The Dashi is done. To make the ramen broth.

In a large pot or stock pot add the oil and heat over medium heat until very hot. Add the sliced garlic and fry until it begins to toast to a golden color. Stop the toasting of the garlic by adding the finely chopped shallot, and thinly chopped ginger.

Season very lightly with a pinch of salt to draw the moisture out of the vegetables. Cook this until the shallots turn translucent. Be sure to keep an eye on the toasted garlic to make sure it doesn't get too much darker, reduce the heat if necessary to keep the garlic from getting blackened. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer with a lid on for 45 minutes to an hour. The ramen broth is done.

To finish the ramen with toppings: I would recommend boiling your eggs while your ramen broth is still simmering to save time, that way when the ramen is done you'll already have boiled and peeled eggs. You can apply this task stacking method with any of the toppings for the ramen. First start by bringing a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Add your cold eggs and boil them for 7 minutes.

Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and transfer them to medium sized bowl filled with ice water. Let them cool until mostly cooled. Peel the eggs when they're cool and set them aside. With the remaining water that you boiled the eggs in or not if you poured it out, no big deal , boil your noodles according to package instructions. To Serve the Ramen: Pour the Hot broth into a medium to large sized bowl, add your noodles, your heated chashu or other cooked meat of choice , a medium boiled egg sliced in half, finely chopped green onions, sliced shiitake mushrooms, small droplets of chili oil, and a sprinkle of togarashi.

If you choose not to make the chashu, fear not. It's not necessary to make this delicious soup. If you don't want chashu you can sub any other cooked meat or hearty cooked vegetable and it will still be just as good. Just ignore the directions on how to make the chashu if you're not making it. Then wring out the water and their good to go! Hi Josh, I found my way to your blog today by researching food blogs created by students. I am happy to find your inspirational story and outstanding blog.

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