Veggie Chow Mein | Cheap Plant-Based Meal

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  • Servings : 4 to 6 servings
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 25m

This recipe comes from my new cookbook, Plant-Based on a Budget! You can buy it on Amazon. Whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant, I love to order veggie chow mein! I enjoy it so much that I’ve even started making it at home. It’s quite easy and very inexpensive to make.

By now, you know I’m on a mission to always make use of my veggies before they expire. When my spinach starts to droop or the carrots get a bit bendy, I like to turn to this recipe so I can clear out my fridge. When you’re making it, please feel free to sub in any vegetables you need to use up, although if you make it by the book, this veggie chow mein will be delicious.

Also, I use the instant ramen that’s super accessible and made by the brand Nissin with the flavor called “Oriental” — it’s vegan. With that said, I don’t use the flavor packet. And if you don’t like instant noodle, no worries! This recipe is extra versatile and you can change out most of the ingredients. I recommend rice noodles or wheat chow mein noodles, too. Yum!

Here some other helpful recipe tips:

  • If you like noodles a little saltier, add more soy sauce.
  • I recommend frying it a little longer until the noodles dry up a bit. Cook them for 2 extra minutes, then flip the noodles and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • If you don’t like grating carrots, finely dicing them works just fine.
  • You can switch it up by adding some peanut sauce to this dish.

Recommended Equipment:

You can watch the video tutorial here:



  • 1 (8 ounce) package of Asian-style noodles (like rice noodles, udon, or ramen)
  • 1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil (or 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced celery (about 3 ribs)
  • 1/2 cup of diced red, white, or yellow onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic (about 2 small garlic cloves)
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts
  • 1 cup of chopped green cabbage added in step 2 (optional)
  • Hot sauce as a condiment (optional)


Step 1

In a large pot over medium-high heat, boil water and cook the noodles according to directions on the package.

Step 2

While the noodles are cooking, prepare the vegetables. In a large pan or wok, heat the oil (or water). Add the celery, onion, carrots, and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until the celery and onion are tender and the onion is translucent.

Step 3

Add the broth and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes,

Step 4

Add the cooked noodles and bean sprouts and mix thoroughly. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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