Monday, January 7, 2013

Call Me the Wok Genius!

It can be difficult to prepare meals during the week. I get that. Working full time, going to the gym daily, and trying to eat cleanly is something you have to be dedicated to and make time for (yes, make time for; I'm sure you can find it somewhere), but it doesn't have to be a chore.

What follows is a recipe that I have modified to make an easy meal that can be quickly whipped together during the week (with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen) with enough leftovers to take to lunch the next day: cabbage "lo mein" prepared two ways.

Shrimp Lo Mein
Cabbage "Lo Mein" - 2 Ways
Ingredients:
4 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 Tbsp Minced Ginger
2 lbs Chicken, Cubed (Or Shrimp)
2 Cups Broccoli (Or Sugar Snap Peas)
1/4 Cup Celery, Chopped
1/2 Cup Mushrooms, Sliced
2 Cups Shredded Cabbage
1/3 Cup Green Onion, Chopped
1/4 Cup Coconut Aminos

Variations:
Chicken Lo Mein
This recipe has been adapted from 
Make it Paleo.
If you haven't been doing Paleo for long, you probably haven't heard of the coconut aminos. This is a healthy alternative to soy sauce. If you aren't strictly paleo, feel free to use a gluten free variation.

One way to make this meal easier is to buy the pre-shredded, bagged cabbage rather than chop cabbage yourself. I bought an organic, family size bag of the "coleslaw" mix from the grocery store. Half a bag worked perfectly, and had enough leftover to make the second variation later in the week.

Also, I have swapped out the chicken for shrimp and found it to be very enjoyable. No need to change the process.

And lastly, I am not the biggest fan of broccoli. I much preferred my variation with sugar snap peas to the broccoli. Yeck. If given my choice, I'd cover broccoli in Easy Cheese and eat it that way. Since that's no longer a viable option in my diet, broccoli is a rarity here.


  1. Heat wok or skillet over high heat.
  2. Add sesame oil, ginger and garlic to the wok and saute for 1 minute to infuse the oil with flavor.
  3. Add the protein (chicken or shrimp) to the wok and stir frequently until mostly cooked.
  4. Add in the greens (broccoli or sugar snap peas), celery, and mushrooms; saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add in cabbage and green onion.
  6. Pour coconut aminos over the lo mein.
  7. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes for the cabbage to soften.
  8. Remove from heat and serve hot!
And now you have a delicious, HEALTHY comfort meal that is perfectly Paleo! Share with your family and brag to your friends. This dish is a winner.

2 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to see you are posting again! I've missed reading. :) These recipe's are fantastic! can't wait to try the first one especially.

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  2. Thank you, Joy! It feels really great to know that someone enjoys reading as much as I enjoy writing. I hope to set aside more time to write this year, and more time to cook and bake, too!

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