My first experience with Chinese food was Beef Lo Mein.  When I found this recipe I was so excited to try it. It has tender beef with broccoli, carrots, and noodles. The sauce adds such yummy flavor to this super quick and easy meal!


8 ounces lo mein noodles, or spaghetti noodles
 3 cups broccoli florets
 1 Tablespoon olive oil
 8 ounce flank steak, sliced against the grain
 3 garlic cloves, minced
 1 medium carrot, shredded
 1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
 1⁄4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
 2 Tablespoons hoisen sauce
 2 teaspoons sesame oil
1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper


In a large pot with boiling water, cook the noodles according to package directions. Add the broccoli the last 5 minutes of cooking and let them cook until tender. Drain the noodles and broccoli.

While the pasta is cooking, add olive oil to medium size skillet. Cook the steak until no longer pink. Add the garlic, and carrots and cook for a minute more.

In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisen sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper and pepper.

Add the spaghetti to the skillet and pour the sauce on top and toss until mixed well.