The only “rule” for Meatless Monday is that you go meatless that day. Technically, you don’t have to cook; you could feast on meat-free restaurant fare the whole day if you wanted to. But though it’s tempting in a pinch, why would you order take-out when you can make the same food at home, for less money and in less time? Take Chinese food, for example. It’s never done in the 10 minutes promised. And I’m always skeptical of the mysterious broth and sauce that gets ladled into my stir-fry — is it really meatless?
In the time it takes you to pick up the phone and order, and then fetch your meal, you can whip up your own authentic Chinese dinner at home. Ching-He Huang‘s Chow Mein recipe is easy to make (her shows are called Chinese Made Easy and Easy Chinese: San Francisco, after all), it uses ingredients you can find in any grocery store and you have total control over the ingredients so you can be sure it’s meatless. And if you really don’t want to miss out on the take-out experience, pack up your leftovers in a Chinese take-out container and enjoy them for lunch the next day.