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    Weeknight Chow Mein

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    35 mins

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    dianegrapegrower's Note:

    Easy, tasty weeknight recipe. Adaptable to different types of meat; add veges or delete to suit your taste, or what you have on hand. I developed this "cook-and-drain" technique to avoid chow mein that was swimming in liquid. It also makes added thickeners unnecessary. I show varying amounts of noodles and cabbage - I enjoy a chow mein with lots of veges, but others in my family like the noodles. This recipe works well either way.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Cook spaghetti in boiling water as directed. Drain in colander, sprinkle with 1 t. peanut oil to keep from sticking, and let set.
    2. 2
      Slice chicken or pork into thin strips. Peel shrimp. A single meat, or a combo work fine in this recipe.
    3. 3
      Heat 1 T. peanut oil in wok. Stir-fry cabbage until hot-crisp. Dump on top of spaghetti in colander and let set. (any moisture coming off the cabbage will drain, keeping your chow mein from getting soggy).
    4. 4
      Heat 2 T. peanut oil in wok. Add sesame oil, ginger, chili sauce, meat or shrimp. Stir-fry until meat is almost done.
    5. 5
      Add remaining veges and continue stir-frying until veges are hot-crisp and meat is done.
    6. 6
      Add oyster sauce and stir to coat. Add cabbage and spaghetti and combine thoroughly.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 10, 2008

      55

      Though I made it on the weekend - not on a weeknight - this was a great success! The chili garlic paste and oyster sauce give this terrific flavor. The cabbage makes the dish! My carrots and wheat spaghetti had gone bad so I used more of the other veggies and fresh rice stick noodles. Highly recommended!

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    • on August 07, 2008

      55

      Made this last night and everyone loved it, DD2 even had seconds, VERY unusual!!! I didn't have cabbage... :( sorry. That would obviously make a difference. And I had to use frozen peas, - but apart from these minor differences (and it does say the recipe is versatile! - it was exactly as directed! It certainly is an easy weeknight meal, do all your prep beforehand, and it goes very quickly. Even without the cabbage, I didn't need to add any thickeners, everything coated nicely in the sauce, and as I said, even DD2 loved it... and she is jolly fussy! I've posted a photo of the veggie mix Before I added the noodles, because the after picture didn't look so good, so this is more of a Work in Progress photo :) Thanks for this lovely and well-received recipe, Diane :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Weeknight Chow Mein

    Serving Size: 1 (249 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 510.1
     
    Calories from Fat 225
    44%
    Total Fat 25.0 g
    38%
    Saturated Fat 5.4 g
    27%
    Cholesterol 51.7 mg
    17%
    Sodium 442.7 mg
    18%
    Total Carbohydrate 52.0 g
    17%
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    9%
    Sugars 3.7 g
    14%
    Protein 23.7 g
    47%

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    chili-garlic sauce

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