Pantry Item… Lo Mein Noodles

I don’t always have a great idea on my own, sometimes I need to be inspired. The ingredients I wanted to use were lo mein noodles, baked smoked tofu, and zucchini… I was inspired by two recipes that I found online, lo mein by this poor vegan and peanut noodles with broccoli by speed vegan. I sort of combined the two and used some of my own cooking savvy. The peanut sauce is almost directly from speed vegan, I only changed the fresh ginger to dried ground ginger and reduced the amount. Result? Very Good, the peanut sauce is a peanut-y-sweet-lime-y-spicy goodness that went nicely with the smoky tofu and the salty peanuts.

Oh, do I get extra points for using a ‘new food’ as an ingredient? The baked smoked tofu was a ‘new food’ for the week, and it was really good, nice and smoky!

veggie lo mein - ingredients
*Note: Even though the sesame oil and sesame seeds are pictured, I decided not to use them, instead I used olive oil and peanuts.*

Veggie Lo Mein
by the auspicious squirrel, adapted from this poor vegan and speed vegan

Rating: Very Good

    8 oz Lo Mein noodles
    1 Tbsp. olive oil
    1/2 onion, sliced
    1 Tbsp. tamari
    1 tsp. ground ginger
    1 Tbsp. water
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
    1 bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
    1 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
    1/2 pkg. baked smoked tofu, cut into matchsticks
    peanuts

Peanut Sauce

    2 Tbsp. chunky peanut butter
    2 Tbsp. hot water
    1 Tbsp. lime juice
    1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
    1 Tbsp. tamari
    1 Tbsp. agave nectar
    1 tsp. ground ginger
    1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
    salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook lo mein noodles according to package directions, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, tamari, ground ginger, water and a pinch of salt. Sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, sauté 2 minutes more.
  4. Next add carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, and smoked tofu, cook until vegetables are crisp tender, 8-10 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Note the heading for peanut sauce… combine ingredients for the peanut sauce, whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  6. lo mein, sauted veggies, peanut sauce

  7. To serve, line the bottom of a bowl with noodles, top with veggie sauté and peanuts, then pour on 1-2 Tbsp. peanut sauce. Enjoy!
  8. Store noodles, veggies, and sauce separately.

veggie lo mein

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