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Easy vegetable chow mein

 In Dinner/Supper, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

Saucy noodles stir-fried with pretty much any/all of the vegetables in your fridge, perfect for slurping and done in less than 20 minutes? Vegetable chow mein is here to deliver on all of that.

Easy vegetable chow meinToday, there’s no time for messing around. In South Africa, schools are back after our annual winter break and can I please just tell you about my mixed feelings?! Because I have to say, I am so ready to get back into the swing of things and not hear PlayStation games or YouTube videos or “what can I eeeeaaat?!” for the one millionth time in a day but also, almost 4 weeks of no alarm clock, no lunchboxes and no homework has been pretty blissful. It’s amazing though, the moment my alarm went off this morning, I was back into it. Making breakfast, brushing hair, making beds and making to-do-lists in my head. And once again I feel like there’s not enough hours in the day. But that’s where this bad boy of a recipe comes in.

Easy vegetable chow meinWe all need recipes that we can call on on the days that the kids are screaming at you in the bath, your husband wants to know where the TV remote is and the dog’s barking is driving you mad. Recipes that get dinner on the table in mere minutes. This vegetable chow mein recipe is SO easy you guys, I can’t emphasize it enough. And the beauty of it is that you can literally use any vegetables you want. I often make this when I have half a head of broccoli, a few sad looking mushrooms and a few peppers lying around. Sometimes I add baby corn, other times a few sugar snaps or mange tout manage to find their way in, but it’s really all about what I have to hand. I always have noodles in the pantry for quick, throw-together meals and this chow mein is now right up there.

Ingredients for vegetable chow meinI used dark soy (all I had at the time) along with a little sesame oil and oyster sauce to create the slurpable sauce and along with the garlic, ginger and chilli, resulted in so much depth of flavour and the kids going “oh yum!” after every bite. This chow mein also makes for pretty delectable leftovers and are particularly delicious eaten late at night while you’re working… just fiy.

Easy vegetable chow mein

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Easy vegetable chow mein
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Quick and easy vegetable chow mein is the perfect 20 minute weeknight meal, using up all the vegetables you have in your fridge.
Recipe type: Vegetarian, Stir Fry, Asian
Serves: 4
  • 3 spring (green) onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups broccolini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, halved lengthwise
  • 10 baby corn, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 300g egg noodles (dry weight), cooked and cooled
  • Fresh chopped chillies, to serve (optional)
  1. In a hot wok, add a splash of vegetable oil then add the spring onion, garlic, ginger, mushrooms and peppers and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the broccolini, sugar snaps and corn and fry for another 5 minutes until the vegetables are cooked but still firm.
  3. Add the baby spinach, soy, oyster sauce and sesame oil then stir fry for another 2 minutes to wilt the spinach.
  4. Add the cooked noodles then toss to combine, Season with lemon juice and more soy if necessary and serve.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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    I totally agree about the need for fast meals, but I would give anything to have my boys to be little again and at home with Tom and I! Time flies! This meal looks just perfect Alida! So savory and delicious with just the right amount of spice!

    • Alida Ryder

      I believe you! I get so sad when I think about how quickly my kids are growing up! Glad you like the look of this chow mein, it is SO easy!

  • Wikus

    Going to try this eating vegetables thing

    • Alida Ryder

      You could, if you must, add some chicken or pork strips to this. 😉

  • Reply

    I am so with you on the feelings of back to school. Although we have a long summer ahead, I’m getting a bit cranky about too much electronics and not enough chores. On the other hand, I hate packing lunches and doing all the other scheduled activities that come with a busy school year. I am loving your photos and the sauce here looks so tasty!

    • Alida Ryder

      Yeah, the electronics situation in our house is ridiculous! BUT what made me feel better is to tell the kids to do a two pages of school work a day, from a fun little vacation-homework-book kinda thing their teacher gave them. At least their brains worked a little before turning to mush in front of the TV. 😉 Also, bedrooms tidied and dishes packed away before anything else.

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