Last year, Bart introduced the girls to the wonder of ramen noodles.
I’m not talking those fancy ramen bowls you get at hipster restaurants.
I’m talking those 17 cent packets of ramen you buy at the grocery store.
I’d like to pretend that I’m too good for that kind of ramen, but . . . let’s be honest. I still think it’s pretty delicious.
It’s now the standard dinner fare for the girls when they have a babysitter and Bart and I go out.
A few months ago, the morning after a date night, Bart and I asked the girls how things had gone with the babysitter the night before.
“We had a good time,” they reported. “But the ramen noodles tasted really bad.”
Ten minutes later, as we were getting breakfast together, we discovered why the ramen had tasted so bad – she hadn’t added the seasoning packet.
Bart and I were dying laughing over the mental image of the girls all choking down their plain noodles in water instead of broth.
Now every time we make ramen, they anxiously ask “You’re going to add the flavoring, right?”
So when I made this noodle dish from One Lovely Life and discarded the seasoning packet from the ramen, my girls were extremely nervous.
Fortunately, this dish has a ton of flavor (although it’s not spicy), so no one missed the ramen seasoning a bit.