Making lunches to bring to work can be daunting. The food prep and cooking just takes too much time. If that go-to chopped salad recipe is starting to feel like a deadbeat relationship, keep reading. We’ve got an easy-to-prep, make-ahead and healthy ramen recipe that will spice up your lunch menu! I made a simple vegan recipe packed with veggies, brown rice noodles and kimchi, but feel free to get creative with the ingredients. Make enough for the week. When you’re ready to eat, just pour hot water in your mason jar, mix and watch as your soup makes itself. Not only is this super simple, but it’s also easy to take on the go.

Mason Jar Ramen Recipe

 (makes 1)

  • — 1 teaspoon bouillion paste (I used Better than Bouillion vegetable paste, but you could also use chicken, beef, pork, miso or Thai curry paste.)
  • — 3 Tablespoons kimchi (or more if you like spice!) If kimchi isn’t your thing, try sesame seed oil, chili sauce or Sriracha.
  • — veggies! I used corn, carrots and sautéed mushrooms. You could add spinach, peppers or bok choy. There are endless possibilities here.
  • — 1 cup cooked brown rice noodles. You can also try udon, soba noodles, vermicelli or spaghetti. Get creative!
  • — green onions on top (optional)
  • — mason jar (the wide mouth containers work best)

 1. Add bouillion paste to the bottom of a mason jar.

2. Next add in your kimchi.

3. Pack in your veggies.

4. Put noodles on top.

5. Top with green onions.

6. When ready to eat, remove lid and pour hot water into the mason jar. Let sit for a few minutes, then enjoy!

* Note: Whatever variation you come up with, put flavorings on bottom, then veggies, noodles and finally toppings. This will yield best results.

  1. ramen-2Start off by adding your bouillion paste and any other flavorings you desire. Next, add in your vegetables. I put the more dense ones on the bottom and delicate ones on the top (mushrooms, corn, then carrots).
  2. ramen-3Add your cooked noodles to the top and garnish with green onions.
  3. Mason Jar Ramen RecipeYum! Look how pretty that looks.
  4. Mason Jar Ramen RecipeSo easy to take on the go, then add water when ready to eat!
  5. Mason Jar Ramen RecipeYou can eat it straight from the jar or pour it into a bowl. I like to eat mine with chop sticks and sip the broth with a spoon.
  6. Mason Jar Ramen RecipeYour co-workers will have some serious lunch envy when they see this jar!

We hope you got some great ideas from this easy and healthy concept. Show us your ramen creations by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #iamcreative