Chinese Lunar New Year – Vegetable Lo Mein

Vegetable lo mein is one the simplest dishes to me in Chinese cuisine. There is plenty of flavors. You can add whatever you would like IE: mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, peas, celery, or whatever meat you choose. If I do add meat to my vegetable lo mein I like roast duck. It’s tender and dark but full of flavor. To be specific I love orange duck paired with it. It something about the combination of all the flavors. 

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Generally every Chinese lunar new year I make an entire feast. This year however we are going out to a nice steak restaurant with the family since we have been cooking so much lately. We have also been working on the house and everyone seems to be in two different places. It’s the first night we are all together. I love going to restaurants because it gives me time to visit with the family while getting updated on all that is happening in their lives. Sometimes I do miss things.

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Do you go out with your family to eat? What are your favorite places? We go out on date nights at least once a month. It’s a great break for V and I. We also like to take the family out once in awhile to play catch up and just enough time with them. Although, I didn’t get to do my huge feast I truly enjoyed lunch with Tommy. Once Chancelor came in the door I handed him a bowl also. He was pretty excited! They love this dish; it is so simple to make. This time all I had on hand was carrots and celery. I generally put spring onions also but I was out. Ginger, soy and garlic accompany it perfectly.  Most of the items I keep on hand at all times for a quick lunch or easy dinner before my favorite shows come on. 

Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 3
Lo mein noodles tossed with celery, carrots, ginger and garlic.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots; diced
  2. 4 stalks of celery; diced
  3. 3 cloves garlic; minced
  4. 1 teaspoon ginger; minced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1 package of lo mein noodles
  7. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  8. Fresh cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, bring water to a boil with one tablespoon soy sauce. Add noodles and cook as directed on package. Usually 4 minutes does the trick.
  2. In a saute pan or wok add in vegetables, garlic, and ginger with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on high until vegetables are tender. Remove vegetables from heat and put in a small bowl.
  3. In saute pan, add cooked noodles and one tablespoon soy sauce. Toss well and saute for about 2 minutes on medium heat. Remove noodles and toss with vegetables.
  4. Top with fresh cracked pepper. Serve with spring onions for garnish.
Notes
  1. You may add any meat or other vegetables you like.
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Orange Chicken

This is one of my favorite all time dishes paired with lo mein and saké.  The fresh spring onions are on my go to list for everything. Snacks, garnishes, side dishes and meals. I have to tell myself not everyone likes onion like I do. Spring onions bring color to Orange Chicken along with a hint of flavor. 

Orange Chicken

What’s your favorite Asian dish? I really dig beef broccoli, sesame chicken, hot and sour soup, lo mein, and even egg drop soup if made correctly. Orange chicken is universal though. You can lightly fry the chicken before with cornstarch or you can just saute the chicken or bake the chicken. My preference is to lightly fry the chicken because I honestly love the extra crunch.  

Many think this meal is quick to make. It very well can be but when I do it, it always takes me about an hour. I fry the chicken first on the stove top and set it aside. Then I make the sauce and simmer the chicken in the sauce while the sauce thickens around the chicken. If you would like a darker orange chicken you may use a dark soy sauce and dark brown sugar. Generally, I use the light brown sugar and dark soy sauce. 

 

Orange Chicken

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Orange Chicken

Ingredients

6 tablespoons cornstarch
3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, 1/2 inch cubes
Vegetable oil for frying
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated or minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce
4 stalks spring onions; sliced
Salt and pepper

Instructions

In a skillet or wok, heat vegetable oil for frying. In a small bowl add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Slice chicken into 1/2 cubes. Toss a little chicken at a time in the cornstarch and shake off excess. Fry two handfuls at a time until the chicken is lightly golden brown. Put chicken in a bowl on the side and fry more until all is complete.

In a sauce pan, add soy sauce, orange juice, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, chili sauce and 2 tablespoon cornstarch. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes whisking frequently. Add salt and pepper. Once the sauce starts to thicken add chicken to the pot. Toss chicken well and cook for about 8 minutes until sauce is thick on chicken.

Serve over rice or with lo mein topped with spring onions.

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We munched on this while watching Supernatural last night. It was a hilarious episode. Dean could talk to animals and part of the potion/spell he had to take had side effects of acting like an animal. Barking at the mail man and playing fetch about had me on the floor. Then they had this beautiful shepherd on talking to Dean which was pretty funny too. What I would give to have a beautiful shepherd like that in my home. Though I do love my Carolina dog Ozzy; he’s super spoiled!  Do you watch Supernatural? It’s probably my most favorite TV series. Haven comes in at a close second. Love to know what you watch. Always on the look out for a new show.

Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles #PowerofthePeanut

Lately, I am working to do my best to eat healthier. Snacking generally gets the best of me because I don’t always eat healthy. I would like to speed up my metabolism. Peanuts have the power to help with that. They are a healthy snack that are pack full of nutrients. Science doesn’t lie because it’s made of facts. Just like the video A Gift from Nature explains. Mr. Peanut explains all the nutritional values. Although, it certainly is not always about snacking. Healthy dinners help too! Just like Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles.

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This allows me not to eat the horrible chicken fried everything that my other half loves. He’s not the biggest fan of Asian or Thai food but I try to edit the recipes to leave out some of the flavors he doesn’t prefer. He likes his beef and fried foods. Not healthy! In my journey to eat healthy, lose some weight, and build muscles I like creating dishes with all around healthy ingredients.

Peanuts have six essentially nutrients like niacin which get all up in you. It’s successful snacking. Niacin helps with skin health. Have you seen anybody do anything worth while without skin? Planter’s peanuts have plenty of options for snacking with different styles of peanuts.

I used Planter’s peanuts in this recipe for a fresh crunchy topping packed with the #PowerofthePeanut. I also used spring onions for a bit of flavor. Do you have the #PowerofthePeanut? I know I do! It’s hard to get rid of those pounds sometimes and the science behind the peanut is pretty powerful. Now to get my other half to believe it. The teens already do! I even influenced a few of the teens friends to try my recipe and they loved it.

chili chicken and peanut noodles

I have to admit that every holiday season I like to stick bowls of Planter’s cocktail peanuts out on the tables rather then fudge or chocolates. Such a better alternative. What do you set out during the holidays?

Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles #PowerofthePeanut

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 6 to 8 servings

Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles #PowerofthePeanut

Ingredients

For Peanut Noodles & Sauce
1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth
5 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 packages lo mein noodles
For Chili Chicken
5 chicken breast; 1/2 cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4 garlic cloves; minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
1/3 cup chicken broth
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Sriracha chili sauce
1 bottle regular chili sauce
Salt and fresh cracked pepper
For Topping
One handful of Planter's cocktail peanuts; chopped
1 bundle of spring onions; sliced

Instructions

In a deep skillet, add in chicken, olive oil, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a high heat. Add in chicken broth and two tablespoons soy sauce. Cook until chicken is browned.

Bring water to a boil in a large pot with one tablespoon soy sauce.

Add apple cider vinegar, Sriracha chili sauce, regular chili sauce, and remaining soy sauce to skillet. Bring to a low boil and then lower to very low simmer for 20 minutes stirring frequently. Add salt and fresh cracker pepper.

Add noodles to water and cook for 4 minutes or as directed on package. In a small bowl, add peanut butter, Sriracha chili sauce, chicken broth, and remaining soy sauce. Heat for one minute and then whisk ingredients together. Add more chicken broth until sauce because light and thin.

Drain noodles and toss sauce over noodles. Chop spring onions and Planter's peanuts to top over chicken and noodles.

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Coconut Lime Chicken Chow Mein

Tropical Traditions sent me out a large jar of coconut oil, so my daughter and I sat thinking of what recipes we could use it in. Of course I went right to curries with fresh mango. My daughter on the other hand loves chow mein noodles and she mentioned how it would be cool to incorporate the coconut into a dish with chow mein. After suggestions of pineapple and mango we moved on to citrus. She hands down said lime. Next, it was time to head to the store and get a new wok! We brought the new wok home and decided to experiment. The recipe turned out wonderful! I am excited to share the recipe for coconut lime chicken chow mein with you below along with a giveaway!

The chicken look a little dry in the pictures because I photographed it the next day due to lighting. I need to get some lights and a tripod!

Coconut Lime Chicken Chow Mein
Serves 6
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Total Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken breasts; 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 4 limes
  3. 2 packages of chow mein noodles
  4. soy sauce
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  6. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring medium pot of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, slice chicken breast lengthwise three times and then cut into 1/2 inch cubes by cutting across. In a wok, add coconut oil and chicken. Squeeze two limes over the chicken and drizzle a little soy sauce over the top; salt and pepper. Cook till chicken is done. Drain wok from the liquid and drizzle a little more soy over the chicken to brown a glaze to the chicken. Remove chicken to a bowl with lid to keep warm.
  3. Boil noodles for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and stir fry in wok with soy sauce and olive oil (you may use coconut oil for more coconut flavor). Stir fry for a few minutes until noodles are sticky and coated. You will cook the noodles in increments not all at once. Remove noodles to bowl after stir frying in batches.
  4. Toss chicken with noodles. You can add spring onions if you would like at this point. Squeeze one lime over chicken and noodles. Use remaining lime to serve on the side of the bowl.
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