As kids are back to school, many working parents are looking for quick, easy and healthy meal ideas during the week. This simple chow mein is a tasty favourite and healthy too!
Follow our simple recipe below:
Easy Chow Mein for the whole family
- 3-4 servings
- Less than 30 mins prep time and less than 10 mins cooking time
- A family favourite that the kids can help with too!
- 200g/7oz dried egg noodles (or rice or soba noodles)
- 1 large carrot
- 2 spring onions
- 50g/1¾oz green beans, peas or mangetout (fresh or frozen)
- handful beansprouts, cabbage leaves, sliced pepper, broccoli florets or mushrooms (optional)
- 2 tsp vegetable or sunflower oil
- 1 garlioc clove, finely chopped by an adult or crushed in a garlic press
- handful shredded cooked meat, prawns or tofu (optional)
For the Chow Mein Sauce:
- 1 tbsp soy sauce (low-salt version if possible)
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp tomato ketchip
- half a lemon, juice only
Place the dried noodles in a heatproof bowl and add boiling water from the kettle. They will take approximately five minutes to cook. When the noodles are cooked, drain them in a sieve and rinse the noodles under cold water.
Peel and grate the carrot. Chop any other vegetables you want to include. Everything should be sliced thinly if possible.
In a small bowl mix together the soy, honey, ketchup and lemon juice. Have a taste - it should be tangy but sweet. You can add a little more of the ingredients as needed.
Heat a large frying pan or wok and add the oil. Add the garlic and stir fry for a few seconds, then add the grated carrots, spring onions and the beans or peas (either raw or from frozen) as well as any other raw veg or cooked meats you want to add.
Stir fry for two minutes on a high heat before adding the sauce and a splash of water. Taste. You may need extra honey, lemon or soy sauce.
Add the cooked noodles to the stir-fried ingredients along with the beansprouts if you are using them. Stir the chow mein for a couple of minutes over a high heat to finish the dish. Serve in a bowl - try using chopsticks!