Everyday Mom's Meals: Panda Express At Home

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Panda Express At Home

I know I shouldn't, but I can't get enough of Panda Express food. Let's face it, on the list of things we should be eating on a regular basis, it's more than likely not at the top; but I can't help it, I'm addicted. And it's not like we don't have plenty of authentic Chinese restaurants around us. We do. But there is just something about the mall food court staple (Or if you are lucky to have a free standing one like we do!) that will always hold a special place in my heart...and stomach.

I always get pretty much the same meal every time I do, and even if the main dishes might vary a little, my side dish never does. I want their lo mein...and lots of it. Pile it up! I've been known to ask for a double helping. I've been known to get it and nothing else. Yes, I know I have a problem; but hey, admitting it is the first step! Sure, their rice is just as yummy, but for me there is just something about those noodles... with the veggies...in that sauce...okay, now I'm drooling.

Good thing I came up with this recipe so I can make it at home any time I want. It's a super easy, and economical side dish for any night of the week. Take some help from the store with some egg rolls, whip this up as a side and dinner is served. (Which is exactly favorite way to go.) Or bump it up with some additional veggies, making it a main dish. Either way, it's delicious and this way you know exactly what goes into it, so healthier too.

We all have to treat ourselves with "naughty" food choices now and again. After all, I live to eat, I don't eat to live. Food is meant to be enjoyed and craved. It is supposed to make us feel better after eating it. Maybe even brighten our day. But when I'm trying to be a little more responsible, or just plain don't feel like leaving the house for the drive thru, now I can have my treat any time I want!

Quick Vegetable Lo Mein
16 oz. spaghetti, cooked to al dente and drained
1/4 c. teriyaki sauce
3 TBS vegetable oil
1 garlic clove,  minced
1/2 c. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 c. match stick carrots
1/2 c. snow pea pods
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Black Pepper to taste

In a large skillet heat oil on high heat. Add carrots, pea pods, green onions, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Saute and stir until veggies are crisp tender, about 5 minutes. When pasta is cooked and drained, add to skillet. Toss with veggies. Add soy sauce and teriyaki. Stir to coat. Season with black pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook about 5-7 minutes to allow flavors to develop.

Shared on The Country Cook April 18, 2014

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1 comment:

Brandy said...

Thank you for sharing this! I pinned and will be making this recipe this week ;)
I am always cooking from scratch and we love Chinese food. I haven't ever been to one of those restaurants though, but, I agree, lol mall food, no matter how bad it may be, is scrumptious!