Everyone is lookind for a way to stretch the food budget these days, this recipe is great for that, it is delicious with meat or without! Everyone thinks that Chinese food is hard to make. It really isn't! This recipe is so simple to make and does not take any weird ingredients that you have to go to an ethic food store to buy. Just plain old veggies and easy stuff you probably have on hand already, other than maybe the pea pods and if you don't have them, just leave them out! I promise the lo mein police will not come knocking on your door. :)
- 2/3 cups mushrooms, sliced thin
- 1 pound of angel hair or lo mein noodles
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup green red, yellow or orange bell peppers, sliced long and thin
- 1/2 onion, sliced long and thin
- small handful of pea pods
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Cook the noodles as usual
- Drain and set aside
- Place the onions, pepper, garlic, bell peppers, mushroom and pea pods in a heated skillet or wok and stir continuously on high heat
- After 5 minutes, add the broccoli and the vegetable broth
- Stir until boiling and reduce heat
- Add the noodles and stir until heated through and the broth is almost gone, usually about 3 to 5 minutes.
Sometimes I add meat to my lo mein, usually chicken or shimp. I toss the meat in with the noodles to boil and then put it in the skillet with the vegetables to finish cooking and brown. I also switch to chicken broth from veggie broth. I also have been known to add a small can of water chestnuts to the veggies when I add the broth. My husband and I are fond of water chestnuts, and we like them in lo mein. Don't be afraid to get creative!
If you liked this recipe there are lots more in my favorite Asian cookbook:
I hope you enjoy this recipe and it helps you stretch your food budget without losing the deliciousness! Take care of yourselves and stay safe!