Stuart asked me to make his favourite Chinese meal for him, Singapore chow mein, so I made it Fakeaway style! Here is my recipe for the healthy Singapore Chow Mein I made him and Ben. I made myself chow mein noodles.

I made myself and my friend a vegetarian one by swapping the meat for Quorn steak style strips. It was amazing so I am sure you will love it too. It is great with curry sauce on top too!

Making this as a vegetarian chow mein

An easy way to make a meal vegetarian is to swap the meat for a vegetarian alternative such as Quorn.

Other possible swaps are jackfruit, lentils, chickpeas, mixed beans or just extra vegetables.

I have been a vegetarian since I was 10 years old and enjoy a huge variety of food so whatever you do, don’t let being vegetarian mean you need to eat a boring diet.

How to adapt to make chicken chow mein

If you would prefer a chicken chow mein then it is really simple to adapt this recipe, simply swap all the other meats for chicken and use all the other ingredients in the same way.

raw chicken breasts on a white plate
Raw chicken breasts

Adaptions to make other fakeaway chow mein recipes

If you fancy making a mushroom chow mein, prawn chow mein or any other chow mein the basic ingredients are the same, simply swap around the meat and vegetables as you wish.

I made chow mein style noodles with this basic recipe and they are just as tasty. Once you have mastered the basic flavours you can adapt the recipe to make your perfect fakeaway!

chow mein noodles
Chow mein noodles

Singapore chow mein for weight loss

If you are trying to lose weight this Singapore chow mein is a lower calorie option instead of ordering from the takeaway and or course you then don’t end up with unhealthy extras like prawn crackers!

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this as free or easily within your allowances, of course always check your plan for advice.

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Comfort eating

It is easy when you are trying to lose weight to fall into the trap of comfort eating when you are feeling down.

By finding low syn or syn free snack alternatives this can help you avoid weight gain. You do not need to just snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy there are so many other alternatives.

If you find that you are regularly feeling down and snacking then maybe you need to address this as possible depression and consider seeing your GP. We all have struggles every now and then so it really isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Another option instead of eating at all could be to find something else to do instead of eating when you are feeling down. Give it some thought and see if you can come up with any strategies to help yourself.

Sweet and sour vegetables on a white plate with rice
Sweet and sour vegetables with rice
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Healthy Lunches

If you are eating healthily then you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work.

This is just one of many amazing healthy lunch ideas I have found so do check out my other recipes for more ideas.

If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.

Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.

Plum quinoa salad
Roasted plum quinoa salad

Why you should enjoy desserts on a diet

If you are following a diet you will know how careful you feel you should be with your calories, syns or points. One good way to make your smaller dessert more filling is to add fruit or another low-calorie food. Fat-free fromage frais is a great choice and a great addition to most desserts or have a smaller piece.

If you prefer you can add a little flavouring or sweetener too. My favourite sweetener is Canderel Sugarly.

Do you ever have a glass of water before your dessert? Next time give it a try, you will naturally eat less as the water fills you up a little. A perfect way to enjoy the dessert you want and still lose weight.

More healthy recipes you may enjoy

You can find more recipes with chicken here. You can even learn how to adapt recipes for the slow cooker if you like.

If you like tasty Chinese then why not check out my Chinese fakeaway selection here and create a whole menu full of takeaway alternatives? Popular recipes are chicken and mushroom curry and beef in black bean sauce.

Which meal do you struggle with ideas for your healthy diet? I have lists of breakfast ideas and lunch ideas if that helps you. If you, like me, love to find syn free recipes so that you can save syns for desserts, chocolate or gin then pop and check out these recipes.

Smashed avocado meal on a white plate
Smashed avocado

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I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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Singapore chow mein

Healthy Singapore Chow Mein Recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

A delicious Singapore chow mein that is healthy and easy to make to be enjoyed by the whole family.


Ingredients

Scale

2 Chicken Breasts Cut into thin strips

2 Sandwich/Frying Beef Steaks Cut into thin strips

2 Boneless Pork Loin Steaks Cut into this strips

225g Raw King Prawns

3 Nests Medium Noodles Dried

360 Grams Beansprouts

125 Grams Babycorn

70 Grams Sugar Snap Peas

3 Peppers – red, orange or yellow Deseeded and cut into strips

2 Medium Red Onions Peeled and sliced

200 Grams White Mushrooms Quartered

2cm Fresh Ginger finely grated

3 Cloves garlic Crushed

3 Pak Choi Sliced

9 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

6 Tsp Medium Curry Powder

4.5 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce

4.5 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

Frylight


Instructions

Spray a large wok with Frylight or other low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.

Add chicken, beef and pork strips and fry for 10 minutes stirring to ensure all cook evenly. Meanwhile cook the noodles according to packet instructions then drain and set aside.

Add garlic, ginger and vegetables and fry for a further 5 minutes. Stirring frequently enough so nothing sticks and it cooks evenly.

Add rice vinegar, soy sauces, curry powder and prawns. Fry for a further 10 minutes stirring to keep everything cooking evenly.

Add the cooked noodles and stir them through the mixture and leave on heat for a further 5 minutes to make sure they are hot through.

Serve up using tongs to make it easier.



Notes

If required this can be reheated providing it is chilled when cool and reheated thoroughly within 3 days.

Keywords: Chinese, Singapore, Noodles, Syn free, Slimming World,

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  1. I was craving a takeaway but tried this fakeaway instead. Glad I did – loved the flavours in the noodles. Thanks so much!