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D.I.Y. Friday: Gluten Free Instant Noodle Cups

D.I.Y. Friday: Gluten Free Instant Noodle Cups

If you love ramen noodles, this recipe for gluten free instant noodle cups will prove that gluten free ramen noodles are real—and should be quick, easy and delicious!

Get this tested recipe for gluten free instant noodle cups made with gluten free ramen noodles and homemade vegetable bouillon. The perfect office lunch!

These D.I.Y. gluten free instant noodle cups are going to be responsible for classing up my husband’s work lunches. To date, his office lunches have consisted of planned leftovers from the previous night’s dinner.

And he never complains because he is kind. And smart.

These noodle cups have the perfect balance of robust flavors. Plus, they’re endlessly customizable.

Just like the store-bought kind, but without any of the gluten—and without any of the M.S.G.

Get this tested recipe for gluten free instant noodle cups made with gluten free ramen noodles and homemade vegetable bouillon. The perfect office lunch!

The gluten free ramen noodles may look like the star of the noodle cup show. And don’t worry, I give every detail imaginable for where to find gluten free ramen noodles, plus what to use in their place if necessary.

But the real belle of the ball is the homemade gluten free vegetable bouillon powder, because its flavor turns plain hot water into a satisfying meal.

If you’ve never heard of nutritional yeast flakes, or heard of them but thought they were for hard core vegans only, you’re in for a treat. These inactive yeast flakes, along with of course exactly the right blend of spices, make for a super flavorful bouillon without having to resort to a store-bought bouillon package.

Get this tested recipe for gluten free instant noodle cups made with gluten free ramen noodles and homemade vegetable bouillon. The perfect office lunch!

Right in the center of the photo above, you’ll see gluten free miso paste. The miso paste, along with a bit of soy sauce, makes for the most glorious “umami” flavor.

Are you ever stumped on how to keep fresh scallions at home without having to care for them like they were your children? I’ve got tips for that in the recipe ingredients list below.

Get this tested recipe for gluten free instant noodle cups made with gluten free ramen noodles and homemade vegetable bouillon. The perfect office lunch!

Once you layer in the easy-to-prepare fresh ingredients in these noodle cups, just store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. They’re perfect for at home or at the office.

Maybe your kid can get the cafeteria staff at school to fill the cup with hot water. If so, these would be absolutely amazing for the school age set.

All that’s left to do at lunchtime is to fill the cup with hot water, cover and let steep for 2 minutes. Then serve hot. That’s it!

Get this tested recipe for gluten free instant noodle cups made with gluten free ramen noodles and homemade vegetable bouillon. The perfect office lunch!

Every time I look at these photos, I find myself craving a pot of these lovely noodles. Oh, and the D.I.Y. Gluten Free Vegetable Bouillon has tons and tons of other possibilities.

I can hardly wait! Think I could get away with gluten free instant noodle cups for breakfast?

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 4 noodle cups

Ingredients

Bouillon Powder
1/2 cup (40 g) nutritional yeast flakes*

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons onion flakes (can substitute 1 tablespoon onion powder)

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried sage

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon wasabi powder (if you can’t find it, leave it out)*

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar (can substitute regular granulated sugar)

Instant Soup
4 “nests” gluten free ramen or rice noodles*

2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

3/4 cup shredded carrots (from about 2 medium carrots)

1 cup cubed extra-firm tofu or diced cooked chicken

2 tablespoons gluten free miso paste*

4 teaspoons gluten free soy sauce*

1/4 cup Bouillon Powder

1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped fresh scallion greens*

*Ingredient details and sources:
  • Nutritional Yeast—I used Bragg brand “Nutritional Yeast Seasoning,” and I find it online, in my local health food store and in Whole Foods. Bob’s Red Mill also makes a gluten free “Nutritional Food Yeast,” but I haven’t tried it. Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast, and has a mild nutty and cheesy flavor. I’m not planning to sprinkle it on all my food, but I do love it in this bouillon powder.
  • Wasabi Powder—I use Eden brand wasabi powder, as it’s reliably gluten free. I find it online and in my local health food store.
  • Ramen or Rice Noodles—King Soba brand “brown rice ramen” is a gluten free ramen noodle. I bought mine on amazon.com, and have really loved it. I have also used Happy Pho brand brown rice noodles, also purchased on amazon.com, which also come in separate “nests,” which is perfect for portioning in these instant noodle cups. Annie Chun also makes gluten free Maifun rice noodles.
  • Miso Paste—Some types of miso paste are made from barley, which is of course off limits on a gluten free diet. Others are made from soybeans. There are a few reliably gluten free brands of miso paste. I have used both Eden brand gen mai miso (which I really like, but it can be a bit hard to find) and Organicville gluten free miso pastes, which I found at Whole Foods. If you can’t find miso paste, try adding some Fish Sauce for the pronounced “umami” flavor that miso delivers so well.
  • Soy Sauce—I usually use Kikkoman brand gluten free soy sauce or San-J brand Tamari gluten free soy sauce. Bragg brand Liquid Aminos is also a great choice.
  • Scallions—It took me absolutely forever to figure this out, but I finally know how to handle keeping scallions on hand without treating them like a houseplant and having them become slimy right when I finally need them. Now, when I buy fresh scallions, I wash them and chop them, then spread them in a single layer on a lined rimmed baking sheet. Then, I place the baking sheet in the freezer until the scallions are frozen stiff. Then I transfer them to a zip-top bag and store them in the freezer. They defrost very quickly when removed from the freezer, and I can use as many or as few as I like. And once they’re frozen, they don’t smell at all, so no worries about a smelly freezer.

Directions

  • First, make the bouillon powder. Place all of the bouillon ingredients in a medium-size bowl and mix to combine well. Place in a resealable glass container (a small mason jar works great), and set aside.

  • Next, cook the noodles one nest at a time according to the package directions or by boiling them in about a quart of water until they separate and begin to soften. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking, and set them aside briefly.

  • To assemble the instant soups, set out four heat-safe jars that can accommodate about 20 fluid ounces in volume (I used 19.6-ounce straight-sided Weck jars). In each jar, layer the ingredients in the following order: 1/2 cup spinach leaves, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/2 cup tofu or chicken, 1/2 tablespoon miso paste, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, one nest of softened noodles, 1 tablespoon bouillon powder and, finally, scallion greens to taste (at least 2 tablespoons). Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • When ready to serve, fill each container with boiling water (leaving a small space to permit covering the container) and cover tightly. Allow the container to steep for 2 minutes. Open, stir gently and enjoy.

  • Adapted from Serious Eats Instant Noodles.

Love,
Nicole

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