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I used to blog just about everything that I made. Most of the time, I loved doing it. There is just something exciting to me about sharing my meals, and sharing my thoughts on everything that I make. My husband can only listen to me talk about food for so long, after all. But sometimes – especially in the dead of winter – it gets a bit difficult. To take a decent photo, I have to have dinner done early enough to get some good sunlight. Which means that I try to have things done before 3pm, to get my ideal lighting.

Sometimes, especially lately, I’ve wanted to cook dinner at a normal hour. I’ve wanted to cook dinner, and then just sit down and enjoy it. Not taking the extra time to pull out props, set up equipment, take a photo, then pack things away and re-heat when it’s time for dinner. And I’ve been doing a lot more of that lately! (Which is one reason why I don’t have a back-log of recipes to blog about like I used to have. But it keeps me on my toes!) And if you are on Pinterest, you chould check out my I Pinned It and Then I Made It board. It’s a work in progress, but this is where I plan on putting a lot of these recipes that I’m making but not blogging about.  That way I can still share the food I’m making without having to actually blog about it!

This meal was actually one that I didn’t even plan on blogging about.  But I really liked it, and it was so easy, that I just had to share!!  I rarely have ramen noodle packages on hand, but during my move, I found a couple of packages packed away.  I didn’t know what to do with them, and then I saw this recipe and knew it would be perfect.  And then when I found myself with a half a head of cabbage that needed to be used, I knew it was fate!  I used the whole seasoning packet when I made this, and it was a bit too salty, so I would suggest starting with half of the package and then tasting when it’s done, and adding more if it needs it.  But I have a feeling that half the package will be plenty.

This is a perfect weeknight meal that comes together very easily, and is actually decently low in calories.  And even though it has lots of veggies in it, kids will love it, too!

Ramen Vegetable Beef Skillet
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Take ramen noodles to a new level with this easy, family friendly weeknight meal.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1½ cups sliced carrots
  • ¾ cup diced onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 package (3 ounce) beef ramen noodles
  1. Combine the beef, carrots and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until the meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender. Drain, if needed.
  2. Add in the water, cabbage, soy sauce and half the package of the seasoning packet. Break the noodles into pieces and add to the pan. Cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the noodles are tender, about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more of the seasoning packet if needed.
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  4. adapted from Taste of Home

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23 Responses to Ramen Vegetable Beef Skillet

  1. Ashley says:

    My hubby loves ramen, he would go crazy for this tasty looking dinner!

  2. Maureen says:

    On crazy busy nights, I make a recipe very similar to this…the hubby loves it! What is it with guys & ramen??

  3. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    This is the perfect weeknight meal. Another fabulous recipe of yours I am adding to my menu. I can totally relate to wanting to make dinner and eat at a normal hour. Looking forward to summer when it is light until 9 and making dinner and taking photos at 6-7 o’clock can still be done in natural light.

  4. just today I was thinking how other bloggers manage to klick photos when it is snowing outside. as u mentioned the light must be so scars.

    I love ground beef and I like the combination in this dish with ramen noodles and veggis. I ll try it out as soon as I get some time around! thanks for sharing =)

  5. Bev Weidner says:

    I soooo hear you. And now I sooooo want to lick that plate.

  6. Cassie says:

    This is just too perfect. My husband will go crazy for this!

  7. Kristy says:

    Grown-up ramen! I love it. 🙂 And I can completely relate to having to cook early in the day…days are getting longer now though. 🙂

  8. Ok, now you’ve got me craving Ramen… which I don’t think has happened since college! This looks WAY more delicious than the way I enjoyed it then, though! Thanks for sharing, Deborah.

  9. Chels R. says:

    I’ve MADE this one before!!! I was just thinking when I was looking at the picture, that it looked like one of the first recipes I ever made like 5-6 years ago when I started receiving the Taste of Home Magazine! I remember Josh really liked it. I think I still have this recipe buried away or maybe it got thrown away. But this was good, I too, only use half the seasoning packet, but its a great cheap meal! I’m going to have to go dig it up now!

  10. Mary says:

    I’ve made something very similar before as well. I love cabbage and lots of vegetables in dishes like this!

  11. Rachel says:

    I definitely cannot wait for it to stay lighter out longer. The sun has been setting around 4:30-5 pm lately and I dont get home till about 4, so my photos have been suffering. But I’m still cooking!

    Your ramen dish looks tasty!

    Have a great day!

  12. teresa says:

    i know what you mean. i’ve taken long blog breaks before because it’s nice to just sit down and eat without the hassle of photos etc.

    having said that, i sure am glad that you do share your recipes, they’re always so good, this looks fantastic. i’m going to look for you on pinterest, i can’t get enough of that site!

  13. Joanne says:

    I used to blog about everything also, good and bad, but i’ve become much more selective. If it’s not WOW-worthy, it doesn’t get on the blog. And it is SO nice not to have to take pictures of EVERYTHING.

    I haven’t had ramen in FOREVER, but you just induced a craving. A serious one. Thanks. 😛

  14. I SO know what you mean. Lately I’ve just been making extra so I photograph it the next day. Love this Ramen Recipe! I’m making Chinese Food for my husband tomorrow and I’m pretty sure this just made the list!

  15. Heidi says:

    I can sure relate this post. Everything from the lighting and the timing to just wanted to enjoy the food I make rather than making time stand still to snap dozens of photos while th food gets cold Heck, I even reheat the food the next day to take pictures after I get off work sometimes just so I can have sunlight to take pictures and the ability to enjoy the meal when it is still HOT!

    This looks like a quick and easy meal. I love ramen and we always keep a few packages in the kitchen. It’s the ultimate comfort food in my house and one of our go to meals when we are feeling under the weather. I love it doctored up too and I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  16. Catherine says:

    An impulse buy at Costco has resulted in a mass amount of Ramen noodles at my house. I will definitely have to try this.


  17. K&B N. says:

    This cuts down the amount of sodium intake in the ramen packets !

  18. baobabs says:

    this looks delish!!! it reminds me of the instant noodles pack i make at home (half as appetising as yours) i usually buy the spicy indonesian mi goreng.

  19. Rebekah says:

    Great post and what a fantastic way to put a fresh spin on an all-time favorite–Ramen!

    I’m all about simple, and this looks very easy. Thanks for the idea!

  20. Melissa says:

    Made this dish tonight and it was fabulous!!!! We all went back for seconds! Thanks for an amazing fast meal!

  21. Susan Daugherty says:

    Is there anything to use to substitute for the cabbage? The recipe is something I know I would love but cabbage is off the menu for me. Do you think bean sprouts might work?

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