Enjoy your favorite takeout dish with this under Vegetable Lo Mein recipe. This veggie-packed super delish 30-minute meal will become a family favorite and enter into your regular menu rotation as it is delicious, easy, and not expensive!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this recipe! I’ve been making a version of this vegetarian dish for years and it has yet to disappoint. It’s one of those reliable recipes that you actually look forward to making on busy weeknights.
It can hold its own against any one I’ve had from a restaurant. Dare I say that I even like it way more than the actual takeout version, which I usually find a little too heavy and salty for my tastes.
This homemade version is bright, fresh, packed with veggies and is a beautiful and colorful meal that you’ll be proud to put on the table. I know it’s a lo mein recipe… and there are actually no lo mein noodles in sight.
I used spaghetti instead, since I figured almost everyone has that on-hand and is familiar with cooking it. It becomes a lot more user-friendly for the majority of us, too!
But, if you want to whip up a more authentic version of this dish, just use your favorite Asian noodles!
🧑🍳 Why This Recipe Works
It comes together FAST – You don’t have to worry about cooking all day because you can throw this dish together in just 25 minutes. Seriously!
Tastes better than take out – Sure, you could drive to a local restaurant order your food, and wait for it to be prepared and get a mediocre result – or you could make it yourself and end up with one of the best homemade dishes ever!
Filled with healthy ingredients – Give yourself a boost of healthy goodness! This lo mein is made with onions, carrots, peppers, garlic, spinach, peas, and more!
It’s so satisfying to be able to make vegetable lo mein right in your own kitchen. I love skipping the checkout line (and having to pay!) and make it at home.
Vegetables: For the vegetables, I like to use matchstick carrots, yellow onion, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, garlic, baby spinach, and snow peas. Mix it up if you have others that are in the fridge.
Spaghetti: Use spaghetti noodles. You can use actual lo mein noodles, but spaghetti is probably in your pantry. Both work well.
Sauce: The sauce is a light combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh lime juice, and a little bit of sugar or sweetener. It is amazing.
There are only five steps to preparing this yummy dinner. I wasn’t kidding when I said it was super easy. 😀
Step One: Prepare the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain it and set aside.
Step Two: Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, and sugar together in a medium bowl. Once it’s mixed well, set aside.
Step Three: Use a large pan and turn the stove to medium heat. Add the olive oil and let it heat up. Once hot, add in the peppers, onions, carrots, and a touch of salt. Sauté and flip for about seven minutes. Mix in the garlic, snow peas, and spinach. Sauté for two additional minutes.
Step Four: Combine the noodles and the sauce in the skillet. Combine well.
Step Five: Remove the pan from the heat and add in the sesame seeds and green onions.
🥘 Meal Prep
Go ahead and chop up all the veggies and have them in the fridge ready for you when you make this meal. You can also prepare the dish ahead of time and it will last 3-4 days in the fridge as long as it’s kept airtight.
📌 Expert Tips
- Add in your favorite stir-fry friendly vegetables like mushroom or broccoli.
- If you want to make this spicy, add some crushed red pepper flakes.
- Substitute red onion for yellow onion.
- Adjust the sauce to taste by adding more lime juice or sesame oil.
- Substitute Liquid Aminos for the Soy Sauce. It is lower in sodium and most folks can’t really tell the difference.
While the noodles themselves are both made with eggs and wheat flour, they are prepared differently. Chow mein noodles are fried, where lo mein noodles are stir fried or tossed. Both are delicious, if you ask me!
Sure, you can! I like the flavor of the homemade sauce so much better than anything I have bought in a jar. However, you do what’s best for you and your family.
As long as you keep leftovers in an airtight container, it will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. It’s wonderful for meal prepping and having around when you need a quick meal.
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Vegetable Lo Mein Recipe
- 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ Small Yellow Onion thinly Sliced
- 1 cup Matchstick Carrots or shredded carrots
- 1 Red Bell Pepper thinly sliced
- 1 Orange Bell Pepper thinly sliced
- 3 cloves Garlic minced
- 4 cups Baby Spinach
- 1 cup Snow Peas
- 8 oz Spaghetti or Lo Mein Noodles
- 2 Green Onions chopped
- ½ tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce Low Sodium
- 2 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tbsp Lime Juice Fresh Squeezed
- ½ tsp Sugar or Equivalent amount of Stevia
- Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together all sauce ingredients. Mix well, set aside.
- Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pan. Add onion, peppers and carrots. Salt lightly. Use tongs to sauté for about seven or eight minutes. Add in garlic, spinach and snow peas, saute for another 2 minutes.
- Add noodles and sauce to pan and toss until well combined.
- Remove from heat and stir in sesame seeds and green onion.