Combating a Cold/Flu + Slow Cooker Ramen Recipe

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Today I am going to share some tips and tricks for combating a cold or the flu. Flu and cold season is here. Keeping our kids healthy during cold/flu season can be very challenging. As a parent, we also need to take care of ourselves and prevent from getting sick ourselves, as well as  watch out for our little ones. I do love the cold weather and for some reason always thought that cold weather was better for somehow keeping germs away or sterilizing them, but in reality cold weather is when the germs arespreading quickly and more people are sick. The potential impact of having a cold or flu is huge, from missing classes or work to not being able to take care our family.

As a mother of two, I try to be healthy and be happy everyday. Getting sick is a scary thing and can affect my daily routine as a mom and a full time blogger. My kids need me and of course i need to cook and take care my whole family including my husband.  It’s a big deal when my kids get sick too, in-fact the last time they caught the flu they had to stay at home from school for a week.

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So here are some steps I do everyday to minimize and prevent the cold and flu:

  • Get plenty of rest.
    I try to get at least 8 hours sleep every night and try to sleep more during weekends. Celebrate Lazy Sundays!
  • Drink plenty of fluids and drink at least 1 cup of green tea daily.
    Drinking fluids like water, juice and soup is very important to keep our body hydrated. especially when we are sick. I try to limit drinking juice since it’s very high in sugar. My favorite drink is green tea. Green tea is loaded with anti oxidants and nutrients that have powerful affects on our body and also prepared to ward off cold and flu.
  • Get active, do some exercise even only 30 minutes per day
    I may not be as active as I used to be, but I still do get up and acitve. I often skip the gym but I still maintain to do a little exercise between my work or by going to the park with my kids. I believe regular exercise plays a good role in keeping us healthy and preventing illness. My body feels so much better, and having a healthier mind and clear perspective brings me a ton of happiness and confidence about my life.
  • Less stress
    Stress affect our immune system and we therefore often get sick when our immune system is weak. I try to live day by day, enjoy every minute and try not to overthink things.

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I stock up on favorite teas as part of my cold/flu survival kit. Bigelow has been a favorite tea brand of mine for years.  You can taste quality and I really do love the variety of teas they offer. Green Tea and Lemon and Ginger are a couple of my favorite teas.  You can purchase Bigelow Tea at Walmart stores. Eating soup is another part of my routine (almost daily!), and it definitely touches on a few areas to keep you from getting sick.   It has a lot of nutrients and gets some warm fluids into your system.  For me it is almost a comfort food, too, that seems to bring my stress levels down and happiness up.  I always have soup on my menu. Today I am going to show you how to make this easy delicious slow cooker ramen. You can find all the ramen  ingredients listed below at Asian market.



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Be sure to check out Bigelow website to learn more about the products!

Slow Cooker Ramen
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Author: Posh Journal
  • For Broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork butt/shoulder
  • 1 yellow onion coarsely chopped
  • 2 inches fresh ginger sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 liter water
  • 1 Bigelow teabag
  • 5 tablespoons white miso paste may add more
  • 1/2 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 cup Fresh Seaweed
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1/4 cup bonito flakes
  • For ramen and garnish
  • Dry Instant Ramen (removed the seasoning)
  • Green onion thinly sliced
  • Boiled eggs halved
  • Dry seaweed flakes
  • Fish cakes
  • Bamboo shoots (very strong taste you may skip this)
  • Fresh Red chilies sliced if you love heat
  • For Roasted Pork Bellies
  • 1 lb Pork bellies skin scored
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppercorns
  • 1 Cloves Garlic
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  1. Season pork with salt/pepper then heat oil in a medium pan, add pork and cook until browned for about 3 minutes
  2. Add yellow onion to the pan without stirring, cook for about 3 minutes
  3. Add garlic, ginger, water and bigelow tea, let simmer for 1-2 minutes, remove the tea bag then transfer to crock pot/slow cooker
  4. Add 4 tablespoon white miso paste, white pepper, fresh seaweed, mirin, bonito flakes then cook in high heat for 4 hours or cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until the pork is extremely tender and falling apart.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the toppings while the broth is cooking.
  6. Toast the fennel seeds and peppercorns in a frying pan for 2 minutes then pound them together in a pestle and mortar with some salt. Mix with olive oil and rub all over the pork
  7. Sit on a wire rack in a roasting rack and roast for 1 hour at 350F
  8. Follow the direction on the packaging to cook the dry ramen
  9. To serve : place noodle in a ramen bowl then pour in soup, add boiled egg. Garnish with green onion, bamboo shots, seaweed, sliced red chilies and pork bellies


Disclaimer: All prices included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.


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    Feb 5, 2016 at 7:19 am

    These are great tips for avoiding illness during this time of year. Your ramen looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it, maybe this weekend. I bet it pairs well with the Bigelow tea! [client]

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    Feb 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

    OK I just love that Ramen dish! I really never thought you could make Ramen good. This looks delicious and when you’re sick you need something that’s going to make you feel better.

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    Garlic + Zest
    Feb 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make ramen for a while now, guess I’ll have to take the plunge! BTW – your pictures are lovely!

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    Taylor Thurston
    Feb 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’ll have to hit up my local Asian Market ASAP for some of these ingredients. Can’t wait to try! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Tania @ COOKTORIA
    Feb 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I love all the ramen recipes, so I am sure this is a true delight! I am pinning it for future!

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    Liz Mays
    Feb 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    This sounds so good and it would be a really fun recipe to make with my daughter. I love how you used the tea!

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    Elizabeth O.
    Feb 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I love ramen but I don’t think I can ever pull off making one at home. Thanks for the recipe though, it really is worth a try!

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    Travel Blogger
    Feb 5, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I swear by Green Tea! It always helps me feel better. Great recipe!

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    Feb 6, 2016 at 12:16 am

    My kids are currently passing something around, so I definitely need these tips. The soup looks amazing!

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    Feb 6, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Gosh! That slow cooker ramen looks really delicious!!! One of my son favorite Asian takeout meal. Now I can make it for him at home. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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    Christine - The Choosy Mommy
    Feb 6, 2016 at 5:40 am

    My kids are passing around cold germs constantly! Pre-school is the germiest (is that even a word!?) place! I drink tea constantly and of course, soup is our go to for little kids. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    Nicole Haas Etolen
    Feb 6, 2016 at 6:24 am

    This looks so good. Your ramen looks so yummy, I need to try his out.

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    Feb 6, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Awesome recipe! I had never considered using tea in a soup base but it’s such a great idea! Totally trying that.

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    Rebecca B.
    Feb 6, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I love drinking green tea!! It always makes me feel better 🙂 I hadn’t thought of putting it in a soup, but I love the idea!!

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    Feb 6, 2016 at 7:31 am

    This looks delicious. I am a huge tea fan so I am loving this. I’ve never had a real ramen dish, besides those pre-packaged soups but this looks incredible compared!

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    Feb 6, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I’ve never tried making ramen using a slow cooker. I would love to try, but I hope I can make it as beautiful as this.

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    Feb 6, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I’m not a fan of taking meds when I have the flu. Rest, lots of liquids, and an extra dose of Vitamin C always work for me. But I shall take on your tips next time – that ramen looks delicious though.

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    Feb 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I love to try new slow cooker recipes. I will have to pick up the ingredients i need to try this recipe. There are so many colds going around right now i need all the help i can get.

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    Feb 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I love this soup recipe! I want to try this. Perfect for cold and flu season. These are good tips. When I get a cold I get it hard and it knocks me out.

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    Stephanie Pass
    Feb 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    This looks so hearty and delicious. It’s perfect for making you feel better when you’re on the mend.

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    Chloe Marchant
    Feb 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I love, love my ramen! Gonna have to try this slow cooker recipe!

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    Feb 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    This looks really yummy. I might give this one a try too!

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    Melissa Bernardo
    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Wow! This recipe looks delicious! I am going to try this!

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