Sometimes you just need a quick, nutritious meal. When that happens around here, we usually go Asian (or our very Americanized version of Asian).
When my kids were little, they loved to go to P. F. Chang’s! It was a really big treat because the closest one to us was 100 miles away! I know that sounds crazy; but when you live in the Delta, you get used to driving. We lived straight down Highway 49 right in between Memphis, TN and Jackson, MS - 100 miles either way. Trips to the city were pretty regular and became more frequent as they got older. And Lo Mein at P. F. Chang’s was always on the agenda!
Disney was also a regular trip. We went 2 or 3 times a year when Ian and Caylie were growing up. Our favorite park, then and now, is Epcot. I know that sounds strange. You would think small children would rather ride rides and visit characters. Not my two! They loved the food and the flowers at Epcot! And they adored visiting the different countries and talking to the cast members about their traditions. Needless to say, their favorite restaurant was Teppan Edo. They loved the teppanyaki style of cooking with all the showmanship, and the little touches of disney the chefs would create! While teppanyaki is not technically lo mein, it still has all the elements - noodles, meat, vegetables, soy sauce. Just with more flair!
So, lo mein has become a staple in our diet over the years. It’s a great way to get vegetables down the kids! And it’s also terrific for cleaning out the refrigerator. You can throw whatever meat or vegetables you have into the mix. You can change it up and make it different every time. It is one of the easiest and most versatile dishes you will ever make.
- 1 ½ cups broccoli
- 3 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup onion, sliced
- 1 cup carrot, julienned
- 12 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup soy sauce or to taste
- salt and pepper to taste (if needed)
- 8 ounces Lo Mein noodles
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 green onion, chopped for garnish (optional)
- Cook lo mein noodles according to package directions, drain, and set aside. (They will stick together when you leave them! Don't worry about it. Splash them with some cold water before tossing them in at the end.)
- In a large wok (or skillet) over medium heat, add olive oil. Heat until shimmering.
- Add mushrooms, garlic, and red pepper flakes and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in shrimp and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
- Add onions, carrots, and broccoli. Sauté for 1 minute.
- Stir in lo mein noodles. Mix thoroughly.
- Add soy sauce.
- Taste for seasoning and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1368mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 18g