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March 4, 2021

Plant-Based Lo Mein

Plant-Based Lo Mein is a vegan take on the classic Lo Mein dish. Use a bean-based pasta for extra protein in this sweet and salty dish.

Plant-Based Lo Mein

My favorite plant-based dinner dishes are the ones that are quick and easy to make, and filled with vegetables and protein-rich foods. If a dish has these few things I can feel confident that I'm eating a healthy meal. And I don't have to stress about cooking for several hours just to make dinner.

This Plant-Based Lo Mein is one of those perfect dishes that just checks all of the boxes. It's got tons of vegetables (and it can be customized, so you can use whatever vegetables you like or what you have on hand).

It also packs a punch with the protein. Lo Mein typically has chicken or beef, so to make it plant-based I used tofu. I also added a kick of extra protein by using a vegetable and bean-based pasta. More veggies and more healthy protein is incredible!

And finally, this Lo Mein is super quick and easy. You can cook the vegetables while you cook the pasta. Then you just mix everything together.

Plant-Based Lo Mein

What is Lo Mein?

Lo Mein literally means "tossed noodles". You start by making a sauce, then you stir-fry some vegetables in the sauce. Once all the veggies are cooked, you then stir in cooked noodles. Hence, the name "tossed noodles".

Typically Lo Mein is made with egg noodles. So, in order to make this recipe vegan, you'll need to pick a different type of noodle. I used a bean-based pasta, but you can choose any noodle you want!

There's no particular set of vegetables or protein that you need for Lo Mein. This gives you tons of flexibility to select your favorite veggies and protein source.

Plant-Based Lo Mein

Recipe Features

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free. It’s also very high in protein and fiber.
  • Quick and easy — this Lo Mein dish comes together in just 30 minutes, perfect for weeknight dinner
  • Hearty, healthy dinner – noodles, veggies, and tofu cover all the food groups and nutrients you should be striving to eat for as part of a balanced diet; there's tons of protein and fiber

Plant-Based Lo Mein

Ingredients

Sauce

  • Liquid Aminos: Liquid aminos are the base of the sauce. They add plenty of umami and salty flavor. If you can't find liquid aminos, you can use soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten-free option).
  • Date Syrup: Date syrup adds sweetness. If you don't have date syrup, you can sub maple syrup.
  • Tahini: Tahini adds fat, thickness, and flavor.

Lo Mein

  • Spaghetti: You can choose whatever vegan noodles you'd like. I used a bean-based pasta.
  • Tofu: Be sure to buy extra firm tofu.
  • Vegetables: I used broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper, & cabbage. If you have other veggies on hand or want to swap something out, go for it!
  • Sesame Seeds: For topping.

Plant-Based Lo Mein

How to make Plant-Based Lo Mein

Step 1. In a mason jar or other container with a lid add all of the sauce ingredients. Cover and shake to mix.

Step 2. Chop all of the veggies into small pieces. Slice the tofu into small cubes.

Step 3. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Reserve 1/4 cup of the water then drain and set aside. Use the water to keep the pasta soft while preparing the remaining elements of the dish.

Step 4. In a large non-stick pan sauté the tofu over medium heat, using 2-3 teaspoons of the sauce as a cooking liquid. Allow the tofu to brown and absorb the sauce, around 7 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Step 5. In the same pan, add the chopped broccoli. Cook several minutes using a tablespoon of the sauce. Add the mushrooms, pepper, and cabbage with another tablespoon of sauce, to prevent sticking. Cook until all the veggies are soft but still slightly crisp.

Step 6. Add the cooked pasta and tofu to the pan. Stir in the remaining sauce. Allow all the ingredients to mix together.

Step 7. Remove from the heat and serve. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Plant-Based Lo Mein

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for nutritious, vegetable-filled meals that are quick, easy, and flavorful. Help us to enjoy this food. Amen.

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Plant-Based Lo Mein

Plant-Based Lo Mein is a vegan take on the classic Lo Mein dish. Use a bean-based pasta for extra protein in this sweet and salty dish.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

2

Prep:

10

min

cook:

20

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces Spaghetti
  • 8 Ounces Tofu
  • 1 Broccoli Crown
  • 4 Ounces Mushrooms
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Large Red Cabbage
  • Sesame Seeds, for topping

Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon Date Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Tahini

Instructions

  1. In a mason jar or other container with a lid add all of the sauce ingredients. Cover and shake to mix.
  2. Chop all of the veggies into small pieces. Slice the tofu into small cubes.
  3. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Reserve 1/4 cup of the water then drain and set aside. Use the water to keep the pasta soft while preparing the remaining elements of the dish.
  4. In a large non-stick pan sauté the tofu over medium heat, using 2-3 teaspoons of the sauce as a cooking liquid. Allow the tofu to brown and absorb the sauce, around 7 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, add the chopped broccoli. Cook several minutes using a tablespoon of the sauce. Add the mushrooms, pepper, and cabbage with another tablespoon of sauce, to prevent sticking. Cook until all the veggies are soft but still slightly crisp.
  6. Add the cooked pasta and tofu to the pan. Stir in the remaining sauce. Allow all the ingredients to mix together.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography