Friday, August 14, 2015

Vegetable Lo Mein

Vegetable Lo Mein

I made this meal back in the Spring before I had fresh veggies from my garden, but now that my garden is in full bloom (although not doing as well as past years), I figured I should post this recipe for all my fellow gardeners. I actually do have peas, peppers, kale, carrots, green onions, and basil all growing so this recipe is perfect, and I'll have to make it again soon.  Of course you can always use whatever veggies you happen to have growing, or at your farmer's market, or even in your freezer, and could definitely add some cooked chicken, steak or tofu to the final dish to increase the protein content.  I just like how quick and simple this recipe is because if you are like me and love carbs, Chinese noodles can sometimes be a diet nemesis. With this recipe you can control how much oil and sugar goes into the pot, so you end up doing your body a favor.  I used whole grain organic soba noodles as the base, but you could also use your favorite type of spaghetti in this recipe as well.  So forget the take out and get cooking with all the bounty growing right out your back door!

Vegetable Lo Mein

2 T. organic virgin coconut oil
8 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 T. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
2 C. fresh organic sugar snap peas
10 oz. frozen organic bell pepper strips (or fresh)
8 C. fresh organic greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc)
2 carrots, julienned
3 T. black bean sauce
3 T. organic soy sauce
1 organic egg, whisked (optional)
soba noodles
8 organic green onion, chopped
fresh basil, chopped (optional)

In a large wok or frying pan, heat the coconut oil, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes for a minute or two.  Add in all of the fresh or frozen veggies and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.  Transfer the cooked veggies to another bowl.  In the same wok, heat together the black bean sauce, soy sauce, and the egg until cooked through and the sauce has thickened a bit.  Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package instructions.  When both the sauce and the noodles are ready, mix everything back together, including the vegetables.  Serve with freshly chopped green onions and basil, if desired.

vegetables cooking

starting the sauce

egg cooked in

adding in the cooked noodles

stirring it all together

close up view

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