Vegetable Chow Mein

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 8 oz green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2 to 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick-size pieces
  • 8 oz noodles (I used buckwheat soba noodles, but glass noodles, lo mein noodles, or even linguine would work here)
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 large shiitake mushrooms (or 3.5 oz container), thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Rush into the kitchen, throw down the grocery bags, fill a large pot with water and set it over high heat to reach a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, unload the groceries and start prepping the green beans, carrots, and mushrooms.

Add a handful of salt to the pot just before it reaches a boil.  Then, return to a boil, and add the green beans and carrots.  Cook for 1 minute.  (Do not overcook them here; they will continue cooking with the noodles.)  Drain the beans and carrots, and put them in a bowl of ice water until cool.  Drain and set aside on a towel to dry.

Return the water to a boil.  Add the noodles and cook according to package.  (For my soba noodles, this was a quick 3 minutes.)

While the noodles are cooking, prep the ginger and garlic.

Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water.  Pat dry and set aside on a towel to dry.

In a large nonstick skillet (I missed this detail.  Do as I say; not as I do!), heat oil over high heat.  Add the ginger and garlic, and cook just until fragrant (about 30 seconds).  Add the noodles and cook until lightly browned, stirring continuously so that the ginger and garlic don’t burn. Add the mushrooms, green beans, and carrots, and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and honey.  Cook mixture until slightly reduced and thick, about 2 minutes.

Taste.  (Never skip this step.)  Season with salt and pepper.  Taste again.

I served this alongside a teriyaki marinated pork loin chop that I (should have) broiled on low for 4 minutes per side.  (In reality, it broiled about 6-7 minutes per side a.k.a. way too long.)  You could also serve this with grilled chicken, steak, or tofu.


Yield: appx 6 servings

Nutritional Info (per serving)
Calories – 236
Total – 5.9 g
Cholesterol – 0 g
Sodium – 449 mg
Carbohydrate – 42.6 g
Dietary Fiber – 4.2 g
Sugars – 15.4 g
Protein – 4.8 g


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