11.12.2018
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A westernized version of Lo Mein with grilled salmon, whole-wheat spaghetti, zoodles and carrot noodles (caroodles!). All coated in a delicious soy peanut butter sauce. Easy to make, with easy to find ingredients!

Easy Lo Mein with Salmon, Spaghetti, Veggie Noodles and Peanut Sauce www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: Side view of the bowls of noodles against a dark background. A hand is visible on the right side, holding chop-sticks with a mouthful of noodles hanging down into the bowl.

I love Chinese food. The Mister, not so much. So even though I would love to experiment more with the various delicious sounding dishes I see on the internet, it’s not very practical to do so. Buying special, exotic ingredients is so much fun and I can browse speciality delis for hours. But in the end, anything I buy will go unused. Or I will use a tiny bit, then never get the opportunity to finish it.

Easy Lo Mein with Salmon, Spaghetti, Veggie Noodles and Peanut Sauce www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A bowl with spiralized zucchini noodles, spiralized carrot noodles and thinly sliced red pepper. To the right of the bowl, some squeezed lime halves and a wooden juicer.

I am trying to be more mindful of what I buy and I have always hated wasting food. So until I know I will consume the whole packet, I will refrain from purchasing something just for the sake of one recipe or meal.

Easy Lo Mein with Salmon, Spaghetti, Veggie Noodles and Peanut Sauce www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A big bowl of veggie noodles mixed with whole wheat spaghetti and peanut sauce. To the top of the photo a plate of grilled salmon.

Sooo, here is a westernized Lo Mein dish, with ingredients that can easily be found in any supermarket and will be consumed right down to the last drop or gram.

Easy Lo Mein with Salmon, Spaghetti, Veggie Noodles and Peanut Sauce www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A side view of the big bowl of veggie noodles mixed with whole wheat spaghetti and peanut sauce. On the right a hand just visible with a pair of tongs, holidng up a bunch of noodles from the bowl.

Salmon, my favourite fish, whole-wheat spaghetti, spiralized zucchini and carrot noodles, and strips of juicy sweet red pepper. The sauce is a delicious mixture with peanut butter, soy sauce and lime juice.

Easy Lo Mein with Salmon, Spaghetti, Veggie Noodles and Peanut Sauce www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: Three bowls with noodles and salmon. At the top left the large bowl with some leftover noodles. At the top right a plate with a salmon fillet barely visible, a small bowl of chopped spring onions and some squeezed limes.

I can eat buckets of this stuff.

Easy Lo Mein with Salmon, Spaghetti, Veggie Noodles and Peanut Sauce www.thefoodiecorner.gr Photo description: A closer view of one of the bowls with noodles and a salmon fillet on top. The food is topped with some spring onions and black sesame seeds. A pair of chop-sticks are sticking out of the bowl. Right beside it are some fortune cookies and a bunched-up linen napkin.

Ingredients

For the salmon
4 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs sesame oil (I use non-toasted, you can replace with any mild tasting vegetable oil)
4 salmon fillets (total 500gr, not smoked)

For the sauce
5 Tbs peanut butter, all natural (made of 100% peanuts, it is runnier than regular pb)
5 Tbs soy sauce
4 Tbs lime juice (from about 1 ½ limes)
2 Tbs sesame oil (non-toasted, or use any mild tasting vegetable oil)
¼ - ½ tsp white pepper, freshly cracked

For the noodles
250gr spaghetti, whole-wheat (choose a very thin type)
1 Tbs sesame oil (non-toasted, or use any mild tasting vegetable oil)
1 carrot, thick (about 130gr) spiralized or julienned
1 zucchini, thick (about 190gr) spiralized or julienned
1 red bell pepper (about 150gr) cut into thin strips

To serve
2-3 spring onions, finely chopped
black or white sesame seeds

Step 1

Whisk the 4 tablespoons soy sauce with the one tablespoon sesame oil and place the fillets in the mixture for about 15-30 minutes to marinate. Pre-heat the oven grill (broiler).

Step 2

In a separate large bowl (which will need to fit the spaghetti and veggie noodles later) whisk the peanut butter, 5 tablespoons soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and white pepper until incorporated. Set aside.

Step 3

Boil the spaghetti according to package instructions and drain. Drizzle with one tablespoon sesame oil and toss.

Step 4

While the pasta is boiling cook the salmon. Remove the fillets from the marinade and lay them on a baking sheet lined with tin foil or grease-proof paper. Grill (broil) for 5-15 minutes (see note).

Step 5

Put the vegetable noodles in the large bowl with the peanut sauce and toss well. Add the spaghetti and toss again to get everything coated.

Step 6

Divide the noodles between four bowls and place a grilled salmon fillet on top of each. Sprinkle with spring onions and sesame seeds. Serve warm (not hot) or at room temperature as a salad.

Notes:

If you only have regular peanut butter heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it before whisking. But I strongly suggest you try the natural. It’s gorgeous.

If you prefer the veggies to be soft, you can add them to the spaghetti during the last minute of boiling. Drain together.

Choose MSC or ASC certified salmon to ensure it’s sustainable.

Cooking time for the salmon will depend on many factors. Mainly the thickness of the fillets and the overall size, but also how far the rack is placed from the heating elements in the oven. Another factor is whether the fish is fresh or defrosted (I find defrosted fish cooks quicker). Try it after 5 minutes and then check often after that. The fish is ready when it flakes easily but isn’t completely white inside. Don’t overcook!

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