Buckwheat Noodle “Chow Mein”

Tender scallops pair beautifully with fragrant ginger, garlic and a bounty of colorful vegetables in this cleaned-up version of the popular Chinese take-out dish.

Photo: Maya Visnyei

By Diane Morgan

Serves: 4
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes


  • 8 oz soba noodles (aka buckwheat noodles)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tsp low-sodium tamari
  • 1 tsp Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 4 oz shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and halved
  • 1 lb sea scallops
  • 4 oz baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain well and return to pot. Cover and set aside away from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk broth, arrowroot, tamari and sesame oil. Set aside.
  3. In a wok or large skillet, heat safflower oil on medium-high. Add garlic, ginger and onion and stir-fry, stirring constantly, until fragrant but not brown, about 1 minute. Add bell peppers and mushrooms and stir-fry until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Add scallops and stir-fry until just opaque, about 2 more minutes. Add broth mixture, spinach and edamame and stir-fry until sauce thickens and spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Add noodles and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutrients per serving (2 oz soba, 4 oz scallops, 1 cup pepper-edamame mixture): Calories: 500, Total Fat: 8 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Carbs: 80 g, Fiber: 10 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 32 g, Sodium: 373 g, Cholesterol: 37 mg

Nutritional Bonus: The sweet bell peppers in this recipe are not only packed with vitamin A-producing beta-carotene, but they’re also a good source of lutein. The carotenoid (a plant pigment) is a powerful antioxidant, and its free radical–fighting properties may help protect your body from the effects of aging.