Take Out…Sort Of


If at first you don't succeed, try Chinese.

…and it need not be authentic.

But it can make veggies really appealing :). And it's pretty quick -20 minutes start to table – I prepped, picked up, cooked, dropped off children at multiple activities all the while. Ah spring!

I call it lo mein, and to all intents and purposes it is. Except I use linguine and whatever vegetables I have. Edamame would have been nice too, for protein, but that didn't happen.

Feel free to mix & match from your own fridge – this is just a guideline.


10-12 oz linguine or rice noodle, cooked according to package instruction

1/2 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 cup-ish leftover broccoli, cut up, or fresh, steamed 2 minutes microwave

Handful of snow peas, cut up

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped fine

Maybe an inch of ginger, chopped fine, optional

4 scallions, trimmed & sliced

1-2 shredded carrot

2-3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Dash of sesame oil, optional

Veggie oil


Combine soy sauce with sugar & sesame oil. Set aside. Cook pasta. Heat large skillet or wok (coming on Martha's day (!) I think) over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Briefly cook garlic & ginger. Then add onion cooking 2-3 minutes, bell pepper, scallion whites, snow peas. Cook 1-2 minutes. Add carrot & broccoli. Toss. Add another tablespoon of oil if necessary. Toss with pasta. Add sauce. Adjust soy if necessary and mix in scallion greens. Serve.

Asian hot sauce tastes great with this dish! Make it weight watchers friendly – more pasta, less pasta!!

Eat, enjoy watching kids finish vegetables – B


Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

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