Quick Veggie Lo Mein

You need this Veggie Lo Mein in your life! Looking for a quick weeknight meal? Want a dinner filled with fresh veggies and tons of flavor? Yeah, me too. That’s all I ever want. Isn’t that all anyone ever wants?

A healthy meal that’s substantially satisfying but doesn’t require oodles of time or energy. And a million dollars. I’d like a delicious meal and a million dollars-is that too much to ask?

Cast iron skilled filled with veggie lo mein twirled around two wooden chopsticks

What is veggie lo mein?

It’s pretty much the best thing ever and the easiest weeknight meal that’s loaded with healthy veggies and tons of flavor! Basically it’s noodles with a soy sauce 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 and purple cabbage.

Cast iron skilled filled with veggie lo mein twirled around two wooden chopsticks

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!

Cast iron skilled filled with veggie lo mein twirled around two wooden chopsticks

Can I add chicken to this lo mein?

Of course! I’d saute some diced chicken in olive oil separate from the veggies, set it aside and then add it in with the sauce and noodles so it heats through. However, if you’re like me and love a great veggie based meal, you won’t be disappointed if you skip the chicken. This dish is pretty hard without it and sometimes it’s nice to give your body a plant based meal once in a while.

Cast iron skilled filled with veggie lo mein twirled around two wooden chopsticks

Do I have to use linguine noodles?

Nope! Spaghetti, fettuccine, bucatini – really any long thin noodle – all work great! You could even use lo mein noodles!  I love the texture of linguine 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.

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Quick Veggie Lo Mein


  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 miutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Looking for a quick weeknight meal filled with fresh veggies and tons of flavor? This lo mein is the perfect dinner for your busy week!


Ingredients

For the noodles and veggies:

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cups bite size pieces of broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced red pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 8 oz. linguine noodles (cooked according to package directions)
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • optional garnish: fresh chopped cilantro and sesame seeds

For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce

Instructions

  1. While your noodles are cooking, heat olive and sesame oils in a large saute pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add veggies and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Combine soy sauce, sesame oil and hoisin sauce in a small bowl. Drain cooked noodles and add them along with the sauce mixture to the pan and turn heat to low.
  4. Toss to coat everything in the sauce and cook for one minute. Garnish with sliced green onion and enjoy!

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  1. Looks tasty 🙂

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