I always have lofty goals when I’m grocery shopping. Every Sunday, I load up my cart with my favorite fresh vegetables. I envision the week’s worth of healthy, colorful, delicious meals that await me. In my mind, I’m already planning out recipes to try each night. And, in spite of my best attentions, I find myself on Friday evening with that same week’s worth of delicious vegetables still waiting to be cooked.
This week was no different. So, rather than risk the vegetables going bad (and my money going to waste), I decided to put them to good use all at once.
Times like these are perfect for “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” recipes—so called because you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand to make them. This vegetable lo mein was the perfect recipe for transforming these vegetables into a delicious meal using only ingredients I already had in my pantry.
Kitchen Sink Vegetable Lo Mein
(recipe makes two servings)
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
Baby carrots, chopped
Broccoli (about a cup)
1/2 tablespoon garlic, or to taste
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger, or to taste.
2 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste
- Bring water to boil in a saucepan; cook spaghetti (or other pasta) according to package directions.
- While pasta is cooking, chop vegetables.
- Heat vegetable oil and garlic in a fry pan over medium heat.
- Add vegetables and sauté while spaghetti finishes cooking.
- Drain spaghetti, retaining a little bit of the cooking water.
- Once the vegetables have reached your desired doneness, add spaghetti to fry pan and mix with vegetables.
- Add soy sauce and ginger; stir.
- Heat through and serve immediately.
Like many of my favorites, this recipe is entirely customizable. You can alter the measurements to suit your needs as well as what you have. Ginger and garlic are my go-to ingredients for making any sort of stir-fried food—bonus! they’re both extremely good for you—but you could also add sesame oil, sesame seeds, or red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch.
What are your favorite kitchen-sink recipes?