I think of this as cheater lo mein because it’s filled with vegetables, but you just have to chop 1 onion and 1 bell pepper. It’s super easy and somewhat kid-friendly (can’t be perfect in that department). And it’s vegetarian while still being satisfying and filling.
Vegetable Lo Mein
- 5 large eggs, beaten
- 2 Tbsp oil, divided
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 lb tri color coleslaw mix
- 7 oz lo mein noodles
- ½ cup oyster sauce
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- green onions or cilantro optional
Start a pot of water boiling for your noodles. Peel and slice onion. Seed and slice red bell pepper. In a small bowl whisk eggs until well-beaten. In another small bowl mix together the sauce ingredients.
Add lo mein noodles to the boiling water. Cook according to directions. Drain and set aside.
While lo mein noodles are cooking, heat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Spray with cooking spray and cook eggs until dry, not creamy. Remove eggs to a bowl. Wipe out pan if bits of egg remain.
Heat non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and the peppers and onions. Stir-fry the peppers and onions for 2-3 minutes.
Remove peppers and onions to a plate. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add coleslaw and stir-fry 1-2 minutes until slightly wilted.
Add lo mein noodles, sauce, peppers, and onions to the pan with the coleslaw. Toss to combine and top with green onions or cilantro if desired.
Tip: food prep is important when stir-frying so we have all the prep in the first step. Don’t try to prep in the middle!
We like to eat vegetarian on occasion to save money and to stay healthy. Neither of us care for tofu or tempeh, which can make it harder than just substituting our favorite meat dishes with a vegetarian protein. I’m not willing to sacrifice on flavor to eat vegetarian (shocker, right?). This veggie lo mein is super satisfying and packed with flavor.
I said this is somewhat kid-friendly because in theory kids like pasta, right? My toddler has been extra picky lately so the first time I made this, I used two of her favorite vegetables, broccoli and corn, and I patted myself on the back that I had made a dinner that she would eat. Well, not only did she refuse to try it but she told me she now hates broccoli and corn. So that’s fun. She did end up trying it (it was that or go hungry) and loving the noodles but she adamantly refused to eat the vegetables. I believe her specific opinion was, “Yummy, it’s sweet! I love sugar!” Then she requested it for dinner the next week so I patted myself on the back again. The next week she said she hated it. That’s real life with a toddler for you.
You will not regret making this quick lo mein. It is great on its own or you can serve it with your favorite asian meal.