Ground Beef Chow Mein is the quick and easy one pot meal you have been missing. Whether on or off a Whole30 round this dish remains in constant rotation in my home. My children don’t know that the noodles are made with squash and that it a plus for me. While this dish is closer to Lo Mein that Chow Mein it is called Chow Mein because it looks so much like Guyanese Style Chow Mein. Did you know that the main difference between Chow Mein and Lo Mein is the way that it is prepared. Lo Mein is made by tossing noddles in a sauce, where as in Chow Mein the noodles are pan fried, sometimes separately before adding stir-fried meat and veggies. Click here to learn more about Chow Mein and Lo Mein.

Bring on the Veggies

What I love most about this dish is how much fresh veggies you can pack into it. It is technically one giant stir-fry! Use the veggies I share here or feel free to mix it up anyway you like. Add mushrooms, swap the Chinese long beans for string/green beans. You may also add cabbage, asparagus, broccoli and veggies that typically work well with stir-fries would be fabulous in this dish. Keep it fresh and colorful and don’t over cook the veggies. Keep a little crunch to give the dish some texture.

The only vegetable I don’t recommend substituting is the yellow squash noodles. The brightness and color of these noodles make it really hard to distinguish between this Chow Mein and traditional Chow Mein. I’ve tried it with zucchini noodles and it is just not the same. It is totally worth the effort to track down the yellow squash if you need to.

One Giant Delicious Stir Fry

There really is no other way to describe this dish, other than it is one giant delicious stir-fry. I cook the ground beef first, then toss in all my veggies and sauté for a few minutes until it all comes together. Then remove from the heat and add the squash noodles. Toss together and serve. Do not sauté the squash noodles or it will become mushy and your beautiful stir-fry will become soggy. It is that simple, quick and easy. When this is on the menu you will be eating in no time!

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Ground Beef Chow Mein {Whole30}
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Ground beef sautéed with vegetables and tossed together with yellow squash noodles
Recipe type: Whole30, Paleo, Low Carb
Cuisine: Guyanese
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb of Ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon of salt or salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • ¼ cup of Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce
  • 4 Green Onions
  • 5 Baby Bell Peppers (may sub with 1 large bell pepper), julienned
  • 1 large Carrot, julienned
  • 3-4 yellow squash, cut into noodles
  • 3 Bok Choy (may substitute with Baby Bok Choy), roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of Chinese long beans (about 5 beans), cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Other veggies as desired
  • Drizzle of Toasted Sunflower Oil for garnish (optional)
  1. Add ground beef to a hot wok or sauté pan on medium heat and cook until all of the visible pink color of the meat is gone
  2. Then add salt, garlic powder, ground ginger, coconut aminos teriyaki sauce and Chinese Five Spice and continue to Sauté for about 2 minutes or until all the spices mix well with the ground beef
  3. Next increase to high heat and add the green onions and sauté for a minute, then add the remaining vegetables (except for the squash noodles) in the order of toughest to cook. For instance, I add the green beans first sauté for a few minutes, next I add the pepper and carrots, then the bok choy is added last
  4. Once your vegetables are sautéed to your liking remove from the heat, then add the squash noodles and mix together well
  5. Serve with a drizzle of sunflower oil if you like
Do not sauté the squash noodles or they will become mushy
You may substitute the Chinese Long Bean for Green Bean
You may substitute the Bok Choy for Shredded Green Cabbage
Mix it up by adding your own vegetable combinations, mushrooms are a great addition to this dish

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  1. Annelies July 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    I loved this recipe. It was so easy and I was happy that it could all be made in one pan! My kids loved it too which is saying a lot.

    1. Althea Brown July 29, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing

  2. Judy July 29, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Delicious! I love all the veggies and the flavor of five-spice and teriyaki.

  3. Kym Wallace July 31, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to trying this recipe since I saw it on Instagram! We used green beans and yellow squash from our own garden but replaced the bok choy with Napa cabbage. We also had to substitute sesame oil for sunflower oil. Delicious!

    1. Althea Brown July 31, 2020 at 10:06 pm

      Love that you made it your own. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tess Newton August 2, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    So so good! And easy to make! And my 9 month old loved it too!

    1. Althea Brown August 5, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Lovely. Thanks for sharing


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