If you are looking for an amazingly delicious, low carb alternative to one of my favorite takeout entrees, lo mein, then you will adore this recipe! Traditional noodles are replaced with figure-friendly zucchini noodles, but I promise it’s just as delicious (I think I actually like it more!)
Looks like ramen noodles right?! Well, it’s not, it’s zucchini noodles! You may have heard about the latest trend, zucchini noodles, also referred to as “Zoodles”, but like most people, I thought it would require expensive equipment and way too much time and sweat labor. That was, until I got a Spiralizer for Christmas this year. This just may be my new favorite kitchen utensil! You can purchase the one I have on Amazon (link below), or any other spiralizer you prefer (just stay away from the hand held ones, because I hear they don’t work very well).
I know there will be a lot of old school skeptics that wouldn’t dare to leave out noodles in lo mein, but these taste, look, and even feel like real pasta! They of course won’t have the chewiness from regular pasta, but my 2 year old son couldn’t even detect that he was consuming 100% vegetables for dinner.
When you really think about how much vegetables are in this, it’s insanely good for you, but in all honestly, it tastes amazing! And I promise I’m not just saying that since I made it 😉
I was photographing this at like 6 pm, so I didn’t have much light to work with, but in person, it’s so gorgeous! I had to keep reminding myself how healthy this was, because It really doesn’t taste like it should be something that’s actually good for you.
So let’s talk about this spiralizer. It’s might look a little intimidating at first, but it’s super easy to use.
Here are a couple tips-
- Cut the zucchini in half to make the size more manageable and easier to work with, then place the stem/end of one piece onto the spiked part that holds the vegetable onto the spiralizer.
- Make sure the blade is directly into the center of the vegetable. You may need to adjust it a few times since not all vegetables are evenly symmetrical.
- When cleaning the spiralizer, it helps to rinse off the vegetable pieces right away! Once they dry, they are a lot harder to remove.
If you don’t have a chance to pick up a spiralizer, you can always use a mandolin with the julienne attachment blade, OR you can even use a julienne peeler that I used for the carrots since my carrots were a little too skinny to use on my spiralizer.
Oh, and one more tip that doesn’t involve the spiralizer… make sure to grease your grill grates before grilling the chicken! Since the chicken is marinated in hoisin sauce, it WILL stick if you skip lubing up your grill. Trust me…
Hoisin is like an Asian BBQ sauce that you can find in the Asian section of the grocery store.
So whether you’re looking to cut down on carbs, or just looking for more ways to bulk up on your veggie intake, you have got to make this! The chicken is smokey and sweet, and with all those tender veggies swimming in that flavorful broth, this is way healthier and tastier than any takeout you can order!
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