This dinner was created with the kids in mind. What kid doesn't LOVE noodles? This Chinese Five Spice Sautéed Noodles recipe has a unique blend of spice, sweet and savory.
Tonight, instead of the same old marinara pasta, I decided to make chow mien-style noodles. I first boiled gluten-free ramen noodles and then I sautéed them up in a hot pan with other sweet, salty, and spicy ingredients like garlic, [vegan] butter, chili paste, and tamari.
Add these Chinese five-spice sautéed noodles a green salad or a side of veggies or protein and you've got a kick-ass healthy vegan dinner for the whole family! We've had it twice this week.
Other noodle dishes your kids will love
- Magical no-chunk, no cook Marinara
- Vegan Mac & Cheese
- Vegan Lasagna
- Vegan Bolonese
- Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
- Ramen stir-fry
Chinese Five Spice Sautéed Noodles
- 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 tablespoon vegan mayo
- squeeze of lemon juice
- ⅓ - ½ cups garbanzo beans just rinsed, no cooking needed
- 1 ½ - 2 teaspoon butter or oil I used Miyokos Butter
- 5-6 cloves raw garlic pressed or minced
- ¼ cup chopped white onion
- ¼ cup tamari
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
- 1 teaspoon 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.