July 25, 2022 at 10:00 am EDT
Quick Beef Chow Mein recipe

This lower carb version of a takeout classic makes a perfect weeknight meal for the whole family. We love grabbing takeout as much as the next person but we also like to have control of what goes into the dish and make changes so it's still tastier but also lower in carbs to fit within the Target100 weight loss program Food pillar.

We are big fans of making meals that satisfy the whole family and also allow you the flexibility to adjust the carbohydrates so it works for you in your Target100 weight loss program. If you are looking to bulk up the recipe but are mindful of the carbohydrates, feel free to add some zucchini noodles or increase the amount of mushrooms and bell peppers you use.

The Target100 weight loss program focuses on carbohydrates within the Food pillar, but we don't fear the potato or other higher carbohydrate foods. Not all foods that contain carbs are created equal. Within the Food pillar and the Target100 courses, the focus is placed on total carbs and choosing carbohydrates that have additional benefits - rich in vitamins and minerals as well as fiber, heart healthy fats and protein.  All that to say, feel free to increase the vegetables within this recipe - zucchini and other summer squash, bell peppers, broccoli, or more mushrooms are great choices.

Be sure to check out this recipe for Turkey Meatballs and Veggie Kabobs - a great low carb, high protein meal for the whole family. Bonus, you can make it on the grill so no oven required.

Weeknight Beef Chow Mein recipe

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes


5.5 oz. (160g) egg noodles​

7 oz. (200g) beef tenderloin​

1 tbsp. sesame oil​

1 clove garlic, minced​

1 tbsp. ginger, grated​

½ leek, sliced (mostly white parts)​

1 red bell pepper, sliced​

3 mushrooms, sliced​

a pinch of ground white pepper​

a pinch of sugar​

3 tbsp. soy sauce + 2 tbsp. water​

2 tbsp. spring onions, chopped


  1. Prepare the noodles according to instructions on the packaging. ​

  2. Cut the beef into thin strips.​

  3. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or a large frying pan. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for about a minute. Add the beef and cook for another 2 minutes. Next, add the leeks, pepper and mushrooms and fry for about 5 minutes.​

  4. Finally, add the cooked noodles, season with pepper and a pinch of sugar. Pour in the soy sauce and water, then stir and fry for another 2 minutes.​

  5. To serve, divide onto serving dishes and garnish with chopped spring onions.

Nutrition info: 33 grams of carbs per serving

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