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PG Kitchen with Joan Nguyen – Salmon Noodles

With Back to School season in full swing, Public Goods wanted to learn the best go-to recipes for the school year from the pros – our PG parents. Join us for our PG Kitchen series from now through September 13th, featuring recipe takeovers on Instagram and our blog.

Our third recipe feature comes from one of our favorite PG moms, Joan Nguyen – CEO and Co-founder of bümo. In this week’s episode, Joan and her daughter, Reagan, show us how to make ‘carbivore-friendly’ ramen. 

Do you have any BTS family traditions? How do you bring them to life and what do they look like in this new, pandemic/remote learning era? 

We love to play music for breakfast and have a dance party for breakfast! During the pandemic, we ate three meals together a day, which was special, so that made us spice it up too!

What is your favorite Sustainable Swap for meal prepping? 

I’m a daughter of refugee parents, so we have been upcycling packaging and containers for as long as I can remember. I love making my own dressings and using jars from other products to store them!

What’s your favorite PG product to prep with?

I love the Cutting Boards! They have a grip, which is so important – the boards don’t slide and are super thin and easy to store!

Education has always been at the forefront of your work, from when you were Founder/CEO at MeriEducation, to now at BumoBrain. Where does your passion for education and entrepreneurship come from and how do you juggle everything, both in your personal and professional life? 

I was never a great student actually, and then, in college, I completely transformed. I guess you can say that I am not obsessed with education, but the process of transformation through education. I’ve worked with kids who couldn’t read, who then became fluent, to kids who would get suspended from school and then became valedictorians (true story!).  

I think there’s no such thing as a perfect balance – it’s a big seesaw. Some days, I work more than I parent. Some days, it’s the opposite. I also microtask – I do things in 8-minute increments. Even in the kitchen, I time myself and give myself 8 minutes to clean the kitchen, 8 minutes in the morning to prep my kids’ lunch, and so forth. When I do this, I realize that tasks don’t really take that much time if I’m focused!

PG Kitchen Recipes – Salmon Noodles

Serves 4

  • 4 packs Public Goods Original Ramen
  • 1 pound  salmon, sliced in 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Public Goods Olive Oil
  • Public Goods Himalayan Seasalt (to taste)
  • Public Goods Green Curry
  • Sesame seeds, cilantro, and sliced scallions for garnish, optional

To Prepare

1. Cook the ramen as instructed, transfer to bowls, and set aside. 

2. Season the salmon all over with salt. Drizzle the olive oil in a skillet and sear the salmon for 90 seconds on each side, or until cooked through.

3.Transfer the salmon to the bowls of ramen. Spoon the remaining oil in the skillet over everything along with a schmear of curry. Garnish with sesame seeds, cilantro, and sliced scallions. Enjoy!

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