Today marks Day 19 of my Whole 30. I have ELEVEN days left. It really has flown by, once I decided to embrace it. I think my favorite thing during this challenge has been finding ways to make my fave dishes Whole 30 compliant. Once you stop thinking about the restrictions in this way of eating, things become way easier.
I love Chinese food, you guys. I have always been a fan of fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and all the lo-meins. I’ve made a lightened up Crockpot Sesame Chicken, and cauli-rice, and so I thought I’d try my hand at a lo-mein made from zoodles today.
Do these noodles o’ zucchini taste like legit lo mein from your favorite Chinese take-out? Nope. I’m sorry, I don’t want you to be fooled. But these zoodles are a pretty flavorful substitute anyway. The secret is the homemade sauce, and chicken thighs.
I love chicken breast, but personally think after a day they taste a little dry (since it’s just the two of us, we always have leftovers), and so for my lo mein recipe, I prefer boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. Chicken thighs have more fat, and add more flavor to this dish.
See what other Asian inspired dishes we’re sharing today for Sunday Supper!
- Baked Turkey Lumpia – Filipino Eggroll by Food Done Light
- Crab Ragoon by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Fried Rice by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Homemade Sushi by The Freshman Cook
- Mango Pudding by Brunch with Joy
- Shrimp Rangoon Egg Rolls with Honey-Soy Dipping Sauce by The Weekend Gourmet
- Thai Style Sliders by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Venison Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Asam Laksa by Caroline’s Cooking
- Bacon Miso Ramen by The Crumby Cupcake
- Bok Choy Gai See Tong (Bok Choy and Shredded Chicken Soup) by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pork Prawn Wonton Soup by Food Lust People Love
- Asian Beef and Green Bean Stir-Fry by Family Foodie
- Banh Mi Hot Dog by Life Tastes Good
- Beef Lo Mein by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Cheese Korokke by Manu’s Menu
- Chicken Zoodle “Lo Mein” by Casa de Crews
- Easy Chow Mein by Momma’s Meals
- Ginger-Citrus Grilled Salmon by Palatable Pastime
- Grilled Pork Báhn Mì by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Grilled Tandoori Chicken by Cooking Chat
- Hoisin Burgers with Peanut Slaw by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Ojingeo Bokkeum (Korean Spicy Stir-fried Squid) by kimchi MOM
- Oven Simmered Asian BBQ Chicken by What Smells So Good?
- Pad Thai by Curious Cuisiniere
- Seven Flavor Precious Chicken by Nosh My Way
- Sri Lankan Vegetable Curry by Panning The Globe
- Thai Chicken by Feeding Big
- Vietnamese Flank Steak by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
On the Lighter Side
- Copy Cat: CPK Thai Salad by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Crispy Asian Noodle Salad by Ruffles & Truffles
- Nam Sod (Thai Pork Salad) by Magnolia Days
- Soba Noodle Salad by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Best Wines To Pair with Asian Cuisine by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Oodles of Noodles
- Asian Noodle Types and 36 Best Asian Recipes by SundaySupper
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Martin D. Redmond says
Looks like a fabulous dish Nichole! Cheers!
Caroline | carolinescooking says
Zoodles are in my list of things that there’s been a trend on that I keep meaning to try. Maybe this will inspire me to give them a go, they certainly make it look very colorful!
Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) says
This looks so decadent and healthy!
GiGi Eats says
ZOODLE ME UP BABY! Pinning this recipe for sure because I CAN EAT ALL OF IT! YES YES YES 😀
Zoodles are quite tasty (says the girl who wouldn’t eat them a few years ago. whoops)! I hope you love them!
What a fantastic idea to make lo mein with zoodles! Love it!
I’ve always been skeptical about trying zoodles, but this recipe just might have me convinced.
It honestly took me a lonnnng time to like zucchini noodles, so I feel ya.
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
Congrats on making it to the 2/3 mark in your whole 30 challenge. We love Zoodles in this house.
Good luck on finishing the Whole 30! and it is recipes like these that make me so glad I have a spiralizer.
Thanks, Renee! I have a tiny spiralizer (too many gadgets in a small kitchen), but really want a big one, soon!
Love this! I make zoodles a lot but always in Italian dishes…I never thought to use it in an Asian dish! Looks awesome!
That was how I always had zoodles until I started this most recent Whole 30…now I make them for everything!
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook says
Glad you’re finding ways to enjoy your favorite dishes within Whole 30.
Some days, I just want the real deal, but it’s also been fun finding ways to get those veggies in!
Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere says
This is such a great idea! One more reason that I need to get a spiralizer!
haha, right? I have a mini one and I love it!
I’m in the market for one. Which brand do you recommend?
Hi Autumn! I have this small hand one I purchased on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1KfDIhq as my kitchen isn’t very big and I don’t have much space. A lot of people love this one as well, and if I ever have the space, I also plan to buy this one because there are more attachments: http://amzn.to/1iGqKU3 Either more than work for zucchinni noodles!
I have yet to get on the zoodle bandwagon but your lo mein sure looks tasty, Nichole. And I agree completely about the thighs. So much more flavor!
It took me ages to actually enjoy zucchini noodles, but now I love them! Even if you made these and use actual lo-mein noodles, the sauce makes this dish…well, and those thighs!
Nicole, your lo mein looks so vibrant, healthy and delicious! Congrats on your success with your Whole 30 challenge!!!
Thanks so much, Liz!!