This dinner was created with the kids in mind. Lately, my kids have been more excited about green salads than they are about broccoli. And what kid doesn't LOVE noodles? Well, I guess some don't but you get the idea.
This time, instead of the same old marinara pasta, I decided to make chow mien style noodles. I first boiled noodles, as usual, but this time I sautéed them up in a hot pan with other sweet, salty and spicy ingredients like garlic, [vegan] butter, chili paste and tamari. It was to-die-for!
Add these to-die-for sautéed noodles to your basic chopped red leaf lettuce and you've got a bomb ass healthy vegan dinner for the whole family! I made it twice just to be sure I wasn't crazy and that this was in fact so tasty. So you can trust me on this one. My kids devoured it and agreed they are to-die-for.
- 4 bunches of gf Lotus foods millet rice noodles (you can get these at Costco as well - note: do not use regular spaghetti noodles - see below)
- 1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
- 2 Tbsp vegan mayo
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/3 - 1/2 cups garbanzo beans (just rinsed, no cooking needed)
- 1 1/2 - 2 tsp butter or oil (I used Miyokos Butter)
- 5-6 cloves raw garlic, pressed or minced
- 1/4 cup chopped white onion
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- 1 tsp agave nectar or honey
- 1 tsp Thai roasted chili paste (this stuff is amazing)
- garnish: toasted sesame seeds and/or fresh chopped herbs
- Boil the Lotus Foods noodles for 3-4 minutes according to package.
- While it's boiling, chop the red leaf lettuce and set it in a bowl. Add the garbanzo beans, mayo and lemon. Mix well with your hands or utensils of choice. Set aside.
- Warm the butter or oil in a pan with minced raw garlic and chopped onion for about 2 minutes until onion is translucent.
- Add the boiled noodles and toss. Cook for about 1 minute and then add the rest of the spices (agave, tamari, onion powder, chili flakes and chili paste).
- Toss and cook for about 3-4 minutes until noodles are dry in texture and cooked well. (see photos).
- Serve with the greens and topped with toasted sesame seeds or fresh herbs.
NOTE: do not use regular spaghetti noodles. You must use the chow mien style noodle. Or pad thai style. They are totally different in texture and will yield much better results.