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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Quick + Easy Chinese Lo Mein Noodles


I have a confession to make... I've made this delicious Lo Mein recipe three times within the last week. That's right... THREE TIMES! The flavors are simply delicious and addictive, and the RV fills with an irresistible aroma. This easy lo mein noodle recipe is the perfect meal to make with pantry items, and can be adapted to meat or vegetarian diets. In our household, we have a vegan and a meat lover to feed, and this meal is sure to satisfy us both. Every time I make it, we finish it off quickly, and then crave it again within the next few days!

Sure to satisfy your Chinese takeout cravings, our easy lo mein noodles start with just a few ingredients that you may already have in your cupboard!


For the Lo Mein

Ingredients:
1 shallot (or 1/2 medium yellow onion)
1 package coleslaw or broccoli slaw
1 package lo mein noodles (or spaghetti, linguine, etc.)
1 cup whole green beans
1 cup broccoli (or other veggies of choice)

Sauces + Spices:
4 Tbsp sesame oil, divided
2 Tbsp garlic chili sauce (or sriracha)
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp black pepper
Green onions for garnish if desired

Add-ins:
Ground beef
Chicken
Pork
Shrimp
Keilbasa
Scrambled eggs
Mushrooms
Sugar snap peas
Bean sprouts
Tofu
Whatever you like!

Extras:
Add a dollop of oyster sauce or a few dashes of fish sauce for more umami flavors. I usually skip this step, but if you enjoy those flavors, go for it!


RV Foodie Tips

Measurements:
I'm an intuitive cook, so I usually just throw in a dash of this or that until I like the combination of flavors. Add more garlic chili sauce for more heat. Add more soy sauce, sesame oil or other ingredients to create the flavors you want in this dish, or for a saucier noodle!

Add Ins:
One of our favorite meat combinations to make in this dish is chicken, shrimp and kielbasa sausage. My mom used to make it this way and it is simply deliciouso! Make this version even quicker by using the kielbasa, rotisserie chicken and pre-cooked shrimp — Voila! These days, I stick to a veggie combo for myself, and add in some meat to Piper's bowl.

Oils:
Sesame oil gives this dish a distinctive, toasty Asian flavor, so it's definitely my favorite oil to use, but you can substitute any oil in a pinch. I sometimes use a combination of sesame and olive oils to make my stash stretch farther.

Noodles:
I have made this with lo mein noodles and spaghetti noodles. Both work great, but I think my favorite version was when I used whole wheat linguine!


Directions

Cook noodles of choice according to package. Drain and set aside.

In a large wok or saute pan, heat 1 Tablespoon of sesame oil over medium-low heat. Slice the shallots or onions very thinly, and add into the heated oil, stirring periodically about 3-4 minutes, or until fragrant and slightly browned. Add entire package of slaw mix and allow to cook for about 3 minutes or until softened, stirring periodically. If using more veggies, add them now and stir into the mixture. Fresh or frozen is fine, and allow to cook for a few more minutes. Make sure veggies remain somewhat crunchy!

Lower heat and add in cooked, drained noodles. Add remaining sesame oil, garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, and black pepper and stir to combine. I use a flat wooden utensil for this process. Noodles should be glistening with an even coat of the sauce. Salt shouldn't be needed in this dish, as the soy sauce will be salty enough.

Add cooked meat if you enjoy it, and stir it all up until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with green onions if desired.

And you're done! Serve in a pretty bowl with some chopsticks if you like, and enjoy! You're sure to go back for seconds with this one!


Make it Vegan:
Just leave out the meat, and any type of oyster sauce or fish sauce. Add more veggies if you like extra crunch, and tofu for protein and texture.

Make it Low Carb / Keto:
Use shirataki noodles, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or other low carb noodles. Alternatively, mix up the sauce and use it as a stir fry sauce for meat and server over cauliflower rice.


We hope you enjoy this recipe from our RV to yours! Please leave a comment to let us know if you tried this recipe, and be sure to share your recipe photos with us on Instagram @RVFoodies!

Happy Eating!

Tam & Piper
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