Alyssa is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a town in Bólivar, Colombia.
I really, really, really, miss Asian food while I’m in Colombia. I can usually find a good burger or decent Mexican food every now and then, but actual Asian food is basically nonexistent on the coast. So, I’ve learned to make simple recipes like this to get my fix. I usually try to stock up on ramen; it’s a great last-minute meal when I’m out of groceries and just have to get a few basic veggies at my local tienda.
Ramen Stir Fry
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- ½ tbsp grated ginger
- ½ tbsp honey
- ½ tbsp white or rice wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tbsp canola oil
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 package ramen noodles (seasoning packet discarded)
- 1 small carrot, peeled
- 1 small red bell pepper, seeded
- ½ cup sliced yellow onion
Optional: chicken or scrambled eggs for protein, sliced cabbage, scallions, cilantro, lime juice, sriracha hot sauce
- In a medium bowl whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside
- Use a vegetable peeler or knife to cut carrot and bell pepper into long thin strips
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, remove from heat and add ramen noodles. Let sit for 2 minutes, then drain.
- Heat sauce in large skillet over medium low heat. Add onion, carrot, and bell pepper to skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Add cooked ramen noodles and stir-fry a few minutes until everything is mixed and heated through.
- Serve immediately with any desired toppings.
Celery is like ridiculously good for you. It’s one of the most hydrating foods you can eat! And when you’re constantly sweating on the Colombian coast, it is a necessity. It equalizes the body’s pH and also has high levels of essential vitamins and minerals. It is also great for digestion! We could all use some help with that from time to time, right? Celery doesn’t exactly taste like much by itself… which is why I often prefer to make this juice. Not only do I feel better knowing I’m feeding my body what it needs, but I also feel pretty fancy right here in my pueblo. Who says I need to spend $10 and live in LA to get a top quality green juice? I just spent about $3 mil pesos on all of this and got an arm workout!
Adapted from GOOP
- 1 head of celery, stalks separated
- 1 green apple, sliced
- 2-3 limes, juiced
- ½ bunch cilantro
- 2/3 cup filtered water
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender & blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary.
Put a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl.
Slowly pour juice through strainer and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Squeeze excess juice out of the juice pulp left in strainer and into bowl. Best method is to put one hand underneath strainer and one hand pushing pulp down into strainer. Pulp should be mostly dry by the end, with as much juice as possible squeezed out.
Once finished, pour into a glass with ice and enjoy immediately.
This method can be applied to make any type of juice. Some I’ve enjoyed include:
- Beet, carrot, celery, ginger
- Carrot, turmeric, ginger, orange
- Mora, pineapple, cucumber, apple