Look! I’m eating vegetables! It’s a miracle.
And do you know what made this meal easier to
swallow cook? Pre-chopped, prepackaged vegetables…from Trader Joe’s if you must know. Sometimes I feel really lazy buying pre-chopped, prepackaged anything. But sometimes it just makes life easier, you know?
I sometimes think my aversion to vegetables in my first trimester would not have been so bad if someone else would have actually fixed the vegetables and mixed it into my food for me. This explains why I was able to eat Chinese and Thai food with veggies, but hardly anything else.
Isn’t it weird how some convenience purchases seem so incredibly necessary for our first world problems, like sliced bread, dryer sheets, automatic transmissions…and then some seem so silly. I mean, honestly, why do we need individually wrapped hotdogs or jars of peanut butter already mixed with jelly?
But I’m sure someone somewhere has a perfectly good explanation for why these items are in their pantry and someone else is judging me for buying my vegetables pre-chopped. Oh well.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
3 cups of vegetables of choice
2/3 package 8 oz. whole wheat lo mein
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic (or 1 clove minced garlic)
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium sized pan. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add to pan and saute until thoroughly cooked and browned. In a large pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add vegetables to the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Saute veggies for five minutes. Then pour 1 cup of water into the pan and cover. Cook vegetables for 10 minutes.
Cook lo mein according to package directions in well salted water.
Whisk together ingredients for the sauce.
Once vegetables are cooked, drain any excess water from the pan. Add chicken, noodles, and sauce to the pan and stir thoroughly to combine.
I used a vegetable mixture of green and red bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, baby carrots, and snow peas, but feel free to use any veggies you like.
Lo mein comes in a package with the noodles separated into thirds. I used 2/3 of the package in this recipe.
This meal comes together in 30 minutes if using pre-chopped veggies. If you have to chop them yourself, add another 5-10 minutes to prep time.