Sunday, October 12, 2014

Veggie Pad Thai

Ever since I tasted Pad Thai on the streets of Bangkok, I was in love. I paid about 50 cents for a whopping portion of pure amazing noodle-ness. Sprinkled with spice, crunchy peanuts and sometimes little dried shrimp (those weren't my favorite). But this week I decided to bring Thailand here for a little experiment and make my own veggie Pad Thai inspired dish!

The result was super easy, and super delicious! You could throw in whatever you want as well and make your own veggie combo. I just happened to use some of the veggies we love most and it turned out great!

Veggie Pad Thai

-Package of Whole Wheat or Gluten Free noodles (or your noodle of choice, rice noodles are fun, or spaghetti squash if you want a ton of veggie servings!)
- 2 tsp cooking oil
-1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
-1/2 an onion, finely chopped
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 red bell pepper, chopped
-1 green bell pepper, chopped
-1 cup of fresh sprouts
- 1/3 cup of chopped green onion
- 1 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
- Store made Thai peanut sauce (or you can make your own with a 1/3 cup peanut butter, thin out with soy sauce- start with 2 Tbsp. Thin further with coconut milk- start with 3 Tbsp. Taste test from there. Add in a sprinkling of crushed red pepper and sesame seeds)
- 1 Tbsp Sesame seeds (plus a few extras for garnish)

1. In large pot, bring water to a rolling boil and add your pasta to cook.
2. Heat your cooking oil in a large skillet
3. Sautee your onion until translucent, add in garlic and sautee for a minute, until fragrant.
4. Add in all of your other chopped veggies- broccoli, peppers, and green onion, and sprouts.
5. Sprinkle and mix in your sesame seeds and let the whole mixture cook over medium to medium high heat for 5 minutes, until veggies begin to get tender.
6. After pasta is done, drain and add into the veggie mixture.
7. Add your homemade or store bought peanut sauce on top, add cilantro and mix together.
8. Divide up, garnish with sesame seeds, a few chopped green onions, and even a sprinkling of red pepper flakes.
9. Dig in and ENJOY!

You could even add in cooked chicken that has been chopped up, or cook up some tofu and add that in as well! The possibilities are endless.

So I want to hear from you! Have you ever had Pad Thai?

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