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When you have a yen for Asian-inspired flavor but your budget doesn’t include dinner out, make this easy and flavorful dish for the whole family at home. This can become a vegetarian dish by omitting the meat and adding 2 cups of your favorite veggies or a bag of frozen Asian mixed vegetables.


1 12-oz. package dried rice noodles

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

3 cloves minced garlic

2 cups diced cooked chicken breast (can use pork chops or chicken thighs)

1 small head cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded (can use bok choy if it’s in season)

4 carrots cut into matchsticks

¼ cup soy sauce

1-1 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice (can use 1 teaspoon ground ginger)

Salt and pepper to taste

Lemons or limes for garnish


  • Prepare rice noodles according to package directions.
  • If using frozen veggies, heat in the microwave according to package directions.
  • Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook onion and garlic until soft.
  • Add meat, cabbage, seasonings and soy sauce.
  • Stir-fry until cabbage begins to soften.
  • Toss in noodles (and cooked frozen veggies if using) and carrots.
  • Garnish with lemons.