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Lotus Foods: Millet and Brown Rice Noodles


“What a SOUPER day for Ramen”

-Me


The Product: Lotus Foods Millet and brown Rice Noodles

We found the Millet and brown Rice Noodles while we were cruising the isles at Costco and thought it may be a quick and easy option to keep us warm on cozy, lazy Sundays! See what my thoughts are on this product!


Cooking:

The cooking instructions on the package are as follows: Add 1 Ramen cake to 2 cups of boiling water. When noodles begin to unfold (about 1 minute), separate gently with a fork and reduce heat to a low boil. Continue to cook for 3 minutes or until the noodles are just soft. Strain through a colander and rinse with cold water.

How we use this product:

  1. Heat a pan with olive oil (or alternative)
  2. Saute garlic, onions, and any other veggies in the fridge ( we also had mushrooms, red peppers, zucchini and carrots)
  3. Once vegetables are cooked, add in 4 cups of vegetable (or chicken or beef) stock.
  4. Add in 1 -2 “Ramen Cakes”, heat for 3-4 min
  5. While the noodles are cooking/ separating, in a pan heat with olive oil to cook pan fried eggs! Some people prefer to cook eggs right on top of soup however I have always preferred to cook separately! Another option if you are planning to make bulk hard boiled eggs for the week anyways you are able to steal 2 from your meal prep to peel and throw on top!
  6. Sprinkle in any herbs and spice you feel are needed. I also like to toss in spinach at this time.
  7. Portion into bowls, top with egg and drizzle with sriracha!
  8. Enjoy!

Total time: 10 min + clean up (if you have a “kitchen helper” clean up may be a little longer!)

My Rating: 9/10


Storage:

The ramen cakes come in one large bag, however it does not reseal. I have been storing them in individual reusable bags within their larger bag to keep them fresh and to prevent the bag from toppling over and spilling its contents around my pantry!


Nutrition:

Ingredients: The three listed ingredients in this product are;

  • Brown rice flour
  • Millet
  • White rice flour.

In comparison to other “instant” or “quick” ramen dishes, there is no added sugar, salt or saturated fat based oils, which is great to see!

Fiber: The fiber in the noodles alone is average at 3g/ cake. Three grams is a little higher in comparison to traditional “instant ramen noodles”, which comes in at about 0.8g – 1g/ half a noodle cake (varies depending on the brand). The great thing about these noodles is that it is easy to toss in veggies to up the fiber content of the dish!

Sodium: 0g and 0%. Not much to say here! No salt or sodium in the noddles themselves! I would just say add salt with caution when making your soup (using herbs and spices first!). Also try to use a no salt added broth if using a pre-made vegetable broth!

Vitamins and Minerals:  On its own, the ramen noodles are only a significant source of iron, but are not a significant source of any vitamins or minerals. Want to increase the vitamin, minerals and antioxidant content..? Just tossing in a handful of leafy greens or any other veggie!

Protein: 9g/ Ramen cake is fairly low to have as an entire meal! To help “balance the plate” toss in some beans, lentils, tofu, leftover protein or (as shown in our example dish) toss an egg on top!

My Rating: 9/10



Price:

For about $12 we purchased a pack of 12 Ramen Noodle cakes! We use 2 cakes to make 4 large portions. Therefore, we would be able to use this package for 6 separate meals and the noodles would cost $2.50/ meal +veggies and broth!


In Conclusion:

I honestly LOVE this product. I found it quick and easy to use and cook. It would be quite bland and boring, if you did not “spice it up” with herbs, veggies and sriracha however this did not affect the overall score of the product considering it was easy to add flavor! Taste and texture was great and no one in the house complained! Lastly, cost was reasonable considering it is such a quick and easy product to use!

Until next time! Cheers and stay warm!

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Welcome! I am a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes educator wanting to share my perspective on health with you!

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