Orange Tofu (Copycat Panda Express)

Ready in just 45 minutes, crispy deep-fried tofu is tossed in a flavorful, sticky orange sauce to make a vegan copycat Panda Express recipe that will have your taste buds dancing! If you are looking for a zesty way to incorporate protein into your lunc…

Ready in just 45 minutes, crispy deep-fried tofu is tossed in a flavorful, sticky orange sauce to make a vegan copycat Panda Express recipe that will have your taste buds dancing! If you are looking for a zesty way to incorporate protein into your lunch or dinner table without stepping foot in a restaurant, this...

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Orange Cauliflower (Copycat Panda Express)

This orange cauliflower recipe is a mouthwatering combination of citrusy, sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy flavors. Crunchy fried cauliflower florets are tossed in a zesty sticky orange sauce to create one of the most delicious vegan copycat Panda…

This orange cauliflower recipe is a mouthwatering combination of citrusy, sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy flavors. Crunchy fried cauliflower florets are tossed in a zesty sticky orange sauce to create one of the most delicious vegan copycat Panda Express recipes you’ll ever set your taste buds on! There are more copycat Panda Express dishes...

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Vegan Chai-Spiced Coffee Creamer

Your mornings are about to get a LOT cozier thanks to our new chai-spiced coffee creamer. Made with dairy-free milk, maple syrup, and warming spices in a blender in just 5 minutes, it’s like having a coffeehouse in the comfort of your own home! 
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Vegan Chai-Spiced Coffee Creamer

Your mornings are about to get a LOT cozier thanks to our new chai-spiced coffee creamer. Made with dairy-free milk, maple syrup, and warming spices in a blender in just 5 minutes, it’s like having a coffeehouse in the comfort of your own home! 

Add this EASY, versatile creamer to black tea for a quick chai latte, to a cup of coffee for a dirty chai, or to roasted dandelion root tea for a cozy, caffeine-free option.

Vegan Chai-Spiced Coffee Creamer from Minimalist Baker →

Creamy Mushroom Chicken (Samoan-Inspired)

Savory, saucy, and satisfying! What’s not to love?! This Creamy Mushroom Chicken is inspired by a Samoan dish and doesn’t skimp on comfort or richness.
It’s a flavorful, 1-pot meal that’s elegant enough for hosting but easy enough for weeknight dinners…

Creamy Mushroom Chicken (Samoan-Inspired)

Savory, saucy, and satisfying! What’s not to love?! This Creamy Mushroom Chicken is inspired by a Samoan dish and doesn’t skimp on comfort or richness.

It’s a flavorful, 1-pot meal that’s elegant enough for hosting but easy enough for weeknight dinners. Serve with veggies and rice (or coconut rice!) and it’s meal prep perfection. Let us show you how it’s done! 

This easy, 1-pot recipe begins with sautéing onion, mushrooms, garlic, and ginger for a flavorful base.

Creamy Mushroom Chicken (Samoan-Inspired) from Minimalist Baker →

Vegan Chai-Spiced Crème Brûlée

Decadent crème brûlée without eggs or dairy or special equipment? Impossible, right!? Wrong! Friends, we’ve got you covered. This vegan crème brûlée is a dreamboat dessert inspired by a recipe in the gorgeous cookbook Mumbai Modern.
Imagine: a creamy, …

Vegan Chai-Spiced Crème Brûlée

Decadent crème brûlée without eggs or dairy or special equipment? Impossible, right!? Wrong! Friends, we’ve got you covered. This vegan crème brûlée is a dreamboat dessert inspired by a recipe in the gorgeous cookbook Mumbai Modern.

Imagine: a creamy, chai-spiced cashew custard with a crackly, caramelized top. Simple methods and just 10 ingredients required for this elegant dessert. Let’s brûlée!

What is Crème Brûlée?

The first known recipe for crème brûlée, which translates to “burnt cream,” appears in a French cookbook from 1691.

Vegan Chai-Spiced Crème Brûlée from Minimalist Baker →

Tom Yum Fried Rice

Easy to make and packed with flavor and aroma, Tom Yum fried rice is best summed up in one word: Unforgettable. In this simple, easy-to-follow recipe, you’ll learn how to make an all-veggie version from the comfort of your own kitchen. …

Easy to make and packed with flavor and aroma, Tom Yum fried rice is best summed up in one word: Unforgettable. In this simple, easy-to-follow recipe, you’ll learn how to make an all-veggie version from the comfort of your own kitchen. The best part? It takes less than 22 minutes to prepare! We love the versatility of...

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Miso-Glazed Salmon & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner

For those nights when you want a nourishing meal with minimal clean up, sheet pan dinners are a dream. This 10-ingredient version features perfectly cooked salmon, eggplant, and broccolini tossed in a gingery miso glaze. Swoon!
It’s a flavorful, quick …

Miso-Glazed Salmon & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner

For those nights when you want a nourishing meal with minimal clean up, sheet pan dinners are a dream. This 10-ingredient version features perfectly cooked salmon, eggplant, and broccolini tossed in a gingery miso glaze. Swoon!

It’s a flavorful, quick & easy, satisfying meal, especially when paired with your choice of grains. Let us show you how it’s done!

The trick to perfectly cooked veggies and salmon on 1 pan?

Miso-Glazed Salmon & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner from Minimalist Baker →

Meal Prep Noodle Soup Jars

These easy meal prep noodle soup jars are a fast, convenient, and budget-friendly make-ahead lunch idea. Just add hot water, mix, and enjoy!

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January is the season when meal prep reigns. Whether you’re just trying to get more organized or trying to refine your food budget, these meal prep noodle soup jars are a great option for make-ahead lunches. I took my favorite upgraded instant ramen recipe and transformed it into these cute and convenient meal prep jars. Just add hot water, mix, and they’re ready to eat! Bonus, the jars kept the soup ingredients super fresh for several days with NO wilting!

Noodle soup jars lined up in a row, viewed from the side.

What is a Meal Prep Soup Jar?

These cool little jars are basically like homemade cup noodles, except with more delicious add-ins and in a reusable container. You just add hot water to the jar, mix it up to make the broth and soften the veggies, then the soup is ready to eat! So easy and so convenient.

What’s in This Noodle Soup

Similar to our upgraded instant ramen, we made our own flavored broth concentrate with a mix of Better Than Bouillon, soy sauce, sesame oil, and spices. Then we added some fresh vegetables (mushrooms, spinach, carrots, and green onions) to round out the bowl, and a little sesame seeds and sriracha for fun. These soup jars are, of course, endlessly customizable, so feel free to add your favorite ingredients!

How to Enjoy meal prep soup jars

Just like with cup noodles, fill the jar with boiling water from a tea kettle or a hot water tap (the kind on the front of commercial coffee makers), close the lid tightly, then shake the jar to mix the bouillon with the water. Let the soup sit for a few minutes to slightly cook the vegetables and soften the noodles. Give it one last stir with a fork or spoon (or spork!) and enjoy! You can eat the soup straight out of the jar, or empty it into a bowl.

How Long Do They Last?

There’s some sort of magic that happens in this mason jar that keeps the ingredients fresh far longer than I would have ever expected. For food safety reasons I don’t suggest keeping these jars longer than five days, but I will just tell you that on day five the ingredients in the soup jars looked just as fresh as they did on day one. The spinach and mushrooms showed no signs of wilting and the noodles had not dried out!

To maximize the lifespan of your noodle jars, pay attention to how you layer the ingredients. The wet ingredients always go on the bottom. Next, you add ingredients that don’t wilt easily and aren’t too absorbent (in this case the carrots, then the mushrooms). Lastly, you’ll want to add any ingredients that tend to wilt or get mushy (noodles and spinach). This layering technique separates the liquids and soft ingredients for maximum storage life!

Overhead view of a bowl of noodle soup with sriracha.
Four noodle soup jars lined up in a row.
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Meal Prep Noodle Soup Jars

These easy meal prep noodle soup jars are a fast, convenient, and budget-friendly make-ahead lunch idea. Just add hot water, mix, and enjoy!
Course Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp bouillon* $0.48
  • 2 tsp soy sauce $0.04
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.03
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder $0.05
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds $0.12
  • 2 tsp sriracha (optional) $0.06
  • 1 carrot, shredded $0.14
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced $0.96
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.22
  • 2 3oz. blocks instant ramen $0.50
  • 2 cups fresh spinach $0.60

Instructions

  • To each 16oz. jar add the following: 1 tsp bouillon, ½ tsp soy sauce, ¼ tsp sesame oil, ½ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp ginger powder, ½ tsp sesame seeds, and ½ tsp sriracha.
  • Peel and shred the carrot. Clean and slice the mushrooms and green onion. Divide the carrots, mushrooms, and green onions between the jars.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil for the ramen noodles. Discard the seasoning packets or save them for another use later. Add the noodles to the boiling water and boil only for about 2 minutes, or just until the noodles are tender but still slightly firm. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse briefly with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • Divide the noodles between the four jars, then top with a handful of fresh spinach for each jar.
  • Close the jars and refrigerate until ready to eat (up to five days). When ready to eat, add 1-1.5 cups boiling water. Close the jars and shake them to dissolve the broth. Let sit for a few minutes, then stir once more with a spoon or fork before enjoying.

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Notes

*We used vegetable-flavored Better Than Bouillon, but you can use any type of powdered or paste-style bouillon here OR use the seasoning packets that come with the instant ramen (divide each packet between two jars).

Nutrition

Serving: 1jar | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 1110mg | Fiber: 2g
Four noodle soup jars lined up in a row.

How to Make Meal Prep Noodle Soup – Step by Step Photos

Ingredients for broth in the bottom of four jars.

To each of the four 16oz. jars add the following: 1 tsp vegetable bouillon, ½ tsp soy sauce, ¼ tsp toasted sesame oil, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, ⅛ tsp ginger powder, ½ tsp sesame seeds, and ½ tsp sriracha (you can add the sriracha here or use it to top your soup later).

Shredded Carrots added to the jars.

Shred one carrot and divide it between the jars (about ¼ cup shredded carrot per jar).

Mushrooms and green onion added to the jars.

Slice four mushrooms and two green onions. Divide the mushrooms and onions between the jars.

Partially cooked instant ramen in a pot.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add two bricks of instant ramen. Boil for about 2 minutes, or just until the noodles are tender, but slightly under cooked. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse briefly with cool water.

Noodles added to the jars.

Add the rinsed and cooled noodles to the jars.

Fresh spinach added to the jars.

Add about ½ cup fresh spinach to each jar on top of the noodles.

Hot water being poured into the jar.

Close the jars with a tightly-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to five days. When you’re ready to eat the soup, remove the lid and add 1 to 1.5 cups of boiling water.

Mixed jar of soup held in a hand.

Screw the lid on the jar tightly then shake to mix the bouillon with the hot water. Let the soup sit for a few minutes for the flavors to blend and the vegetables to soften.

A fork lifting noodles out of a bowl with the jars in the background.

Give the soup one last mix with a spoon or fork, then enjoy the soup straight out of the jar or dump it into a bowl for serving.

Overhead view of a bowl of noodle soup with sesame seeds.

I topped my noodle soup with sriracha. …Because of course I did. ;) Enjoy!

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Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Mocktail

Step aside, sparkling cider, there’s a new celebratory drink in town! This sparkling blueberry mocktail is a refreshing treat that’s perfect for everything from parties to poolsides.
Just 6 ingredients and 30 minutes required for this bubbly and beaut…

Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Mocktail

Step aside, sparkling cider, there’s a new celebratory drink in town! This sparkling blueberry mocktail is a refreshing treat that’s perfect for everything from parties to poolsides.

Just 6 ingredients and 30 minutes required for this bubbly and beautiful drink, friends. Let’s celebrate!

What is a mocktail?

The word mocktail = mock + cocktail! It’s a non-alcoholic alternative to a traditional cocktail that says bye-bye to the booze but keeps all the goodness of fruit, herbs, syrups, and other tasty cocktail ingredients.

Sparkling Blueberry Ginger Mocktail from Minimalist Baker →

Chewy Double Ginger Molasses Cookies

I’ve been adapting my Chocolate Chip Cookies 2.0 recipe into all sorts of fun flavors, like Seven Layer Cookies, Ultimate Chocolate Cookies, and now these Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies for the holidays. I do love my Pan-banging Ginger Molasse…

ginger molasses cookies on white and floral plates

I’ve been adapting my Chocolate Chip Cookies 2.0 recipe into all sorts of fun flavors, like Seven Layer Cookies, Ultimate Chocolate Cookies, and now these Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies for the holidays. I do love my Pan-banging Ginger Molasses Cookies, but I also wanted to come up with a version that didn’t require any baby-sitting at the oven. This version is also based on the Ginger Cookie from 100 Cookies, but has more ginger flavor thanks to fresh, grated ginger. I know that most everyone has a strong opinion on how they want their molasses cookies to be (soft! hard! chewy! dense! coated in sugar! no sugar! fresh ginger! just ground spices!). My favorite way is crispy edges, a tender center, and plenty of ginger flavor. I use both fresh, grated ginger and crystallized ginger in these cookies for fabulous, spicy flavor. These Double Ginger Molasses Cookies pack incredibly well, making them perfect for holiday cookie boxes. Their flavor also continues to deepen for a day or two after they’re made. Ingredient Notes For Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies: This particular recipe doesn’t need to be refrigerated. These taste best when the centers are slightly under baked, just like the chocolate chip cookies. […]

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