If you love Panda Express chow mein, this healthier version you can make at home is for you! Not only is it better for you, I think it tastes even better than the real thing.
I am so excited to share today's recipe with you. Not only is it delicious, it is so much healthier than the Panda Express version that I know so many people love. Plus it is so easy to make. You can make it in less time than it would take to go out and get take-out. And with only 140 calories per serving, compared to 490 in the real thing, it's a no brainer when it comes to dinner time.
Now let's talk about the recipe. The trickiest part of this recipe is finding the noodles. You can go with either a fresh yaki-soba noodle that you can normally find in the refrigerated section where the tofu is or you can go with a dried yaki-soba noodle found it the Asian section of the store. You could also use any other dried pasta, but using yaki-soba really makes a difference in terms of texture. Then a quick sauce, lots of shredded cabbage, and a quick toss in a hot pan and it's ready. So good and so much better than the unhealthy take-out version.
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- 4 oz. fresh yaki-soba noodles
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (GF if needed)
- 4 U cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. ginger, minced
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 U onion, diced
- 2 U celery ribs, chopped
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
Prepare the yaki-soba noodles according to the package directions. Do not use a seasoning packing if included. For fresh noodles, just add them to boiling water for 1-2 minutes until they separate and become tender. Dried noodles usually need to be boiled for 4-5 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and pepper.
Heat the olive oil over medium high heat, Add the onion and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes until just tender. Add the noodles and the sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Taste and season if needed with additional soy sauce or pepper.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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