Tasty Tuesday: Vegetable Chow Mein

Mar 11 2014 by
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Vegetable Chow Mein

I used to be a BIG fan of Chinese take out food.  When my husband and I were first married we probably got Chinese take out at least 4 times per week.  Now it’s been many many many years since we’ve had take out but that doesn’t mean we can’t still indulge in one of my favorite meals – chow mein!  This dish has easily become a familiar family favorite.  While I’m not a fan of making separate meals for everyone in my family this is one dish that is easy to make to suit each person’s likes and dislikes.  My kids love it with broccoli and carrots, my husband prefers mushrooms, onions, peppers and pineapple and I’ve shared my favorite version with you below.  As a bonus – this dish can be on the table in less than 15 minutes – what’s not to love?!

~Sarah

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 ounces cooked chow mein noodles *see notes
  • 1/2 cup sliced snow peas
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup shredded napa cabbage (or other Chinese cabbage)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green onion
  • 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms (shittake or any variety will work – don’t mind the picture above, I totally forgot to add the mushrooms!)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup Nama Shoyu, soy sauce or tamari (gluten free variety if needed)
  • 3 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp coconut nectar

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl mix together the garlic, ginger, Nama Shoyu, vinegar, 1 tbsp oil and coconut nectar.  Stir well and set the sauce aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large sauté pan on high heat and add the chow mein noodles.  Pan fry the noodles until one side starts to get crispy.
  3. Push the noodles to the side of the pan and add the vegetables.  Stir fry the vegetables for about 2-3 minutes.  Add the sauce, stir well and continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Yield:

Makes 1 serving.

Notes:

For this recipe I used Annie Chuns Organic Chow Mein FreshPak Noodles.  You can use any type of noodles that you’d like, just make sure they are cooked first.  Soba noodles would also be good in this dish.

 

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