This 15 minute lo mein is loaded with fresh veggies and tons of flavor – but is simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight!
What is veggie lo mein?
It’s pretty much the best thing ever and the easiest weeknight meal that’s also loaded with healthy veggies and tons of flavor!
Basically it’s noodles with a soy sauce mixture and sautéed veggies. In this recipe I use a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil and hoisin sauce to give it that signature Asian flavor but keep the ingredients really simple. You can use whatever veggies you have at home but I like to use the classic combo of broccoli, red pepper, carrot, cabbage and edamame.
Why you’re going to love this lo mein:
- You’re looking at 15 minutes TOTAL from start to finish. The lo mein noodles cook in about 4 seconds (okay…usually 4 minutes, but still) and the veggies take another 4-5 minutes. Add to that some quick veggie chopping and you’ve got a hearty, healthy dinner on the table in no time!
- It’s totally loaded with veggies. If you’re looking for a way to get more veggies into your diet (without it seeming like torture) this veggie lo mein is it! Each crisp, tender veggie is slathered in homemade stir fry sauce which means eating your veggies has never tasted so good!
- It reheats like a dream. Pop it in the microwave at work for a quick, healthy lunch or saute it up in a pan with just a little bit of water over medium heat. Either way, this veggie lo mein is a meal prep lover’s dream and re-heats like a dream and you might actually dream about it because you love it so much!
- It’s 20 times better than take out! We all have our favorite Asian take out place – the one that serves those super greasy, salty lo mein noodles that are just dripping with flavor. But I’m not lyin’ when I say that these lo mein noodles are even better than your favorite take out! I like a good, greasy meal (more so when I’m hungover) as much as the next girl, but I’m not a huge fan of how I feel afterwards. This lo mein recipe is loaded with all the same flavors as your neighborhood take out joint, but none of the grease! Which means it will fill you up and fuel you through the day – no nap required after eating!
How to make veggie lo mein:
Cook lo mein noodles according to package directions. Add olive oil and sesame oil to a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add veggies and saute for about 4 minutes.
In a small measuring cup combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, hoisin, garlic powder, ground ginger and a large pinch of pepper.
Add noodles to the veggies.
Then pour sauce over everything and turn heat to low.
Toss to coat everything in the sauce and cook for another minute or so. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sesame seeds and enjoy!
Tips for making the best veggie lo mein:
- Feel free to add chicken breast or ground pork if you want some extra protein. My husband’s favorite thing to say about any vegetarian meal I make is, “This would taste good with chicken.” And he’s right – this would taste good with chicken. I’d recommend sauteing it in the pan before the veggies with oil and a splash of soy sauce and then just following the recipe as written. Ground pork is actually one of my favorite things to add to this dish when I have some left over. It really pairs well with the Asian flavors in this meal!
- Switch up the veggies based on your personal taste or what’s in your fridge. I often make this lo mein with just broccoli. I LOVE LOVE LOVE broccoli and I’ve usually got a head of it in the crisper waiting to be devoured. Truth be told, this recipe is actually my favorite way to enjoy broccoli. All broccoli love aside, use whatever your family likes or use this meal to clean out your fridge and add whatever you’ve got!
- Don’t overcook the veggies. My biggest mistake with this recipe is that sometimes I walk away from the stove and let the veggies go for too long. 4 minutes is just enough to leave them tender crisp – meaning they are tender enough to eat, but they still have just a bit of a bite to them. No one wants to eat floppy veggies, so set your timer for 4 minutes and stay by the stove!
Frequently asked questions:
- Is lo mein a good meal prep recipe?
- Yes! Just like your favorite Asian take out, this lo mein is great reheated or even cold.
- I try to prep all my food for the week over the weekend, but sometimes I’m too busy, or too lazy, or it just doesn’t happen. Which means that every once in awhile I find myself scrambling on a Wednesday night trying to figure out what to make for dinner. That’s when I reach for recipes like this one! So if you find yourself scrambling on a Wednesday night and you not sure what to make for dinner, make this!
- It is toddler tested and approved. And you’ll have dinner on the table in about 15 minutes!
- Do I have to use lo mein noodles?
- Nope! Spaghetti, fettuccine, bucatini, vermicelli – really any long thin noodle – all work great! You could even use linguine noodles!
- I love the texture of lo mein so I like to use it in this dish, but spaghetti is great too.
- If you’re looking for a way to bump up the fiber content, try using whole wheat noodles. I love the toothier texture that they have and I find that they keep me full for longer.
Other quick and easy pasta dinners for you:
- One Pot Mac and Cheese
- One Pot Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
- Lemon Butter Cod with Spaghetti
- One Pot Mushroom Stroganoff
- Wonton Ravioli with Arugula Pesto
- 30 Minute Baked Ravioli
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Looking for a healthy meal that’s substantially satisfying but doesn’t require oodles of time or energy?! This veggie lo mein is it! This 15 minute lo mein is loaded with fresh veggies and tons of flavor – but is simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 cups bite size pieces of broccoli
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup shelled edamame, frozen
- 8 oz. lo mein noodles (cooked according to package directions)
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- optional garnish: fresh chopped cilantro and sesame seeds
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- fresh cracked pepper
- While you’re cooking the noodles according to package directions, heat olive and sesame oils in a large saute pan over medium high heat.
- Add broccoli, red pepper, cabbage, carrots and edamame to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
- Cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes.
- Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, hoisin, garlic powder, ground ginger, and a pinch of fresh cracked pepper in a small measuring cup.
- Strain cooked noodles and add them along with the sauce mixture to the pan and turn heat to low.
- Toss to coat everything in the sauce and cook for one minute. Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds and enjoy!
Keywords: stir fry noodles, stir fry veggies, veggie stir fry
This post was originally published in November of 2018. It was updated in July of 2019 to include process shots, step-by-step instructions and tips for making the best veggie lo mein everyt single time!