Healthier Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

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141 CALORIES 23g CARBS 4g FAT 4g PROTEIN
4
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(4 Old SmartPoints™)
(3 PointsPlus®)

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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The Recipe

Healthier Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

Adapted from favfamilyrecipes.com
PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 15 Min
TOTAL TIME: 20 Min
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Ingredients

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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

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Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and pepper.
  3. 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.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141
Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
2%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 723mg
31%
Total Carbohydrate 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g

* 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.

Healthier Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein
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4 Comments
On Healthier Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein
June 27, 2017 - 16:47
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This was superb. My whole family loved it and they can be picky eaters. I added chicken to make it a dinner.
November 18, 2016 - 18:06
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Once again a recipe we both loved! Delicious and very easy. I did add some rotisserie chicken also. I will definitely make this again!
May 25, 2016 - 10:03
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This was absolutely delicious! It was low in fat already but I made it even lower by using just a few sprays of the Olive Oil in a can and used a wok. I also added a couple of pieces of rotisserie chicken for more protein. Even my husband who hates eating "healthy" ate several bowls of this and raved about it. Thank you so much!!
May 25, 2016 - 08:38
Hope you enjoy it! It's one of my favorites for healthy Asian at home.
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