Vegetarian Entree: No Pain Lo Mein

No Pain Lo Mein

Asian-style shrimp with noodles and vegetables

It’s easy to see why we call this No Pain Lo Mein. This Asian-style shrimp with noodles and vegetables is simple to prepare and delicious to eat. This recipe has fewer calories than traditional lo mein, where the noodles are fried. Adapted from Rachel Ray’s No Pain Lo Mein recipe.


2 Tbl canola oil
2” fresh ginger root, in 1/2″ slices
2 cloves garlic, cut in quarters
1/2 lb broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
4 dried shiitake mushrooms
1/2 lb shrimp, peeled
2 Tbl tamari
4 oz linguine, cooked al dente and drained well
1 scallion, thinly sliced on a diagonal


  1. Pour boiling water over whole dried shiitakes.
  2. Steep for 10 minutes. Slice and set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to label directions.
  4. Heat wok over high heat.
  5. When pan is very hot, add oil.
  6. Cook ginger and garlic for 1 minute.
  7. Remove and discard the ginger/garlic, leaving seasoned oil in pan.
  8. Add broccoli, pepper, mushrooms and shrimp. Stir fry 4-5 minutes.
  9. Remove pan from heat, add tamari and toss.
  10. Cover and let sit one minute.
  11. Add cooked noodles and toss.
  12. Serve immediately, garnished with scallions and a drizzle of sesame oil.

Serves 2

Approximately 486 calories per serving of No Pain Lo Mein

*You probably noticed that this photo does not include shrimp. This is an exceptionally flexible recipe. The evening I took the photo I substituted baby carrots for the shrimp.

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