Yesterday I shared a gluten-free chicken lo mein recipe I made using gluten-free ramen noodles.
If you’re a noodle addict like me, you’ll love all the gluten-free noodle options available today. While in the past I’ve written about 5 Amazing Gluten-Free Pasta Alternatives, you may still crave delicious ramen noodles. I get it. I do too.
Well, guess what? You’re in luck because Lotus Foods makes gluten-free ramen noodles that are definitely worthy of their own post!
So let’s talk a little about conventional ramen noodles because most of us lived on ramen noodles in college or when we were just starting off on our own. Most people keep a few squares of ramen noodles in their pantry for days when they don’t feel like cooking.
However, you should think twice about your ramen noodles.
For less than a buck per package, you have to wonder what kind of ingredients are in there that make the product so cheap.
First off, the ingredients in Nissin brand Top Ramen Oriental Flavor includes wheat flour (off limits to us GFers), a preservative, and a slew of other things I can’t pronounce. The noodles are also flash fried in oil before packaging. If you eat the entire entire ramen square, you’ll consume 380 empty calories and 1600 mg of sodium, or 2/3 of your daily recommended salt intake.
But What About Gluten-Free Ramen Noodles?
I’m so glad you asked! Lotus Food Rice Ramen is made with only two ingredients: Organic brown rice flour and organic millet.
Whew, an ingredient list doesn’t get more clean than that, does it?!?
For those of us on a gluten-free diet, rice is our staple and usually easily digestible. Each square contains eight grams of protein and there’s no seasoning packet full of sodium and preservatives. Instead, you prepare these gluten-free ramen noodles however you like, maybe in some bone broth or like I did in this gluten-free chicken lo mein recipe.
TIP: I’ve also used a cube of Not-Chicken Bouillon Cubes to season the noodles – they taste just like ramen noodles of yesteryear!
Another reason to love Lotus Foods Rice Ramen is that the company is conscientious about how it grows rice. It sources rice that follows a System of Rice Intensification (SRI). SRI is a different way of cultivating rice that enables small-scale farmers to double and triple their yields while using 80-90% less seed, 50% less water, and less or no chemical inputs.
You can buy Lotus Foods Rice Ramen and other gluten free rice noodles on Amazon. I personally suggest buying the 12-pack. It contains 12 squares of gluten-free ramen noodles. You’ll go through the bag quickly – trust me!
I love the Brown Rice and Millet Rice Ramen, but you could try other varieties, including Forbidden Rice Ramen (black rice gluten-free ramen noodles) and Jade Pearl Rice Ramen. You can also buy a variety pack here and try all the gluten-free ramen noodles you desire!
I hope you enjoy these gluten-free ramen noodles as much as I do. I really wouldn’t be recommending them if I didn’t personally eat and enjoy them myself.
And if you’re not gluten-free, by the way, you should just switch your ramen noodles to gluten-free rice ramen noodles anyway. Not only will you get the gluten out of your diet, but you’ll avoid unnecessary empty calories, sodium and preservatives…. and they taste better. Just sayin’!
Are you a gluten-free noodle addict? Here are some other articles about gluten-free noodles:
- 5 Tasty Gluten-Free Pasta Alternative Brands
- Gluten-Free Penne Pasta Salad
- How to Make Gluten-Free Pasta With Two Ingredients!