Vegetable Lo Mein

I found this recipe on MyRecipes and thought it would pair perfectly with the Orange-Ginger Shrimp Skewers and the Garlicky Green Beans.  It was easy to make and a great way to use up the extra veggies I had in the refrigerator.  I used whole wheat spaghetti instead of Chinese egg noodles so this dish would be a bit healthier and I really loved the nutty flavor the noodles gave to the dish.  My children, on the other hand, said they liked the dish but they didn’t like the noodles as much as the noodles their favorite Chinese restaurant used.  I told them that they were MUCH healthier than the other noodles but they didn’t seem to care about the health benefits - weird.  Anyway, I loved this side dish and thought it went really well with the rest of the meal.

Cook noodles in salted water per instructions.  Drain and mix with the sesame oil.  Combine the hoisin and soy sauce together in a small bowl then set aside.

Heat 1/2 tbsp into a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the mushrooms, carrot, bell pepper, red onion, and green onion, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2-4 minutes.  Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove from the skillet into a bowl and set aside.

Add the other 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil to the skillet and add the noodles.  Cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes or until light brown.  Pour the hoisin  mixture onto the noodles followed by the veggies, sprouts, and half  of the cilantro.  Stir until evenly coated and well combined.  Pour into the serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy. 

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Vegetable Lo Mein

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 35 min.

Ingredients:

8 oz Whole wheat spaghetti noodles, cooked per instructions
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp canola oil (divided)
1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
1/2 cup of baby bell peppers, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup of mung-bean sprouts
1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (divided)

Directions:

Cook noodles in salted water per instructions. Drain and mix with the sesame oil. Combine the hoisin and soy sauce together in a small bowl then set aside.

Heat 1/2 tbsp into a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, carrot, bell pepper, red onion, and green onion, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2-4 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the skillet into a bowl and set aside.

Add the other 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil to the skillet and add the noodles. Cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes or until light brown. Pour the hoisin mixture onto the noodles followed by the veggies, sprouts, and half of the cilantro. Stir until evenly coated and well combined. Pour into the serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by MyRecipes