Skinny Pad Thai
I love Pad Thai! If you've never had it, I'm sorry that you're life has not been as good as it could be up until now. I shouldn't say that. Honestly, where I live I'd have to drive 25 minutes to find Pad Thai. Ah the struggle between peaceful, more rural, life and all the conveniences of more urban areas.
Luckily, with a bit of quick amazoning or trip to even a semi-city, you can re-create dishes that you might not be around quickly and easily. I put a picture of this dish on instagram yesterday and bemoaned the fact that tamarind wasn't around for me to make this sauce from scratch. Sure enough as I said that, the next time I went into Whole Foods they started carrying tamarind.
That being said I still made this with Pad Thai sauce from a jar. Sorry! What I want to emphasize here is using some elements of a dish that maybe you haven't tried before. Either trying a new flavor of sauce, or a new type of noodles. In this case I used rice noodles and zucchini noodles.
Rice noodles do not boil like regular noodles. They look and feel almost like plastic, breaking fairly easily to the touch. The key to making them is to soak them in boiling water for 8 minutes or so. They will soften right up and be perfect for throwing in a pan and absorbing additional flavors that you pair with them.
Zucchini noodles are just zucchinis which have been spiralized into the shape of noodles. Can we talk about how much people pay for them pre-spiralized in stores?! Wtf. I'm sorry, but I'm not made of gold but even if I was I'd still be annoyed at how impractical it is to pay for them. Not to mention I can't help but imagine they got a touch slimy in the package waiting for you to pick them up.
Spend $20 and get a spiralizer. It takes literal seconds to turn a zucchini (or any other veggie) into noodles. There, I did it for you and I'm not getting paid by Amazon.
You honestly can't even tell there's zoodles in here. And it's like half zoodles. The rice noodles also must have added a touch of starchiness to the dish because it tastes like pad thai with only rice noodles to me.
Also, I'm not sure if anyone other than me notices this, but I got a new camera and it's SO NICE. I've been taking pictures on my iPhone (which I do not shit on by the way... we all love our iPhone) but it is so exciting to graduate to something that takes killer pictures and makes the food I cook look as delicious as it tastes.
- 1 serving rice noodles (my package said 8 servings so I just estimated 1/8th of the package)
- 1 medium zucchini spiralized
- 4 bite sized bell peppers of any color (mine were red and yellow)
- 2 tbs peanuts, crushed
- 3 Tbs Pad Thai sauce
- 2 Tbs soy sauce
Step 1: Boil water in kettle/pot/whatever. While waiting for water to boil, spiralize zucchini and set aside. Cut peppers in half, remove seeds and stems, and cut into 1/4 inch strips.
Step 2: After water is done boiling, place rice noodles into a bowl and completely cover with boiling water. Let rest for 8 minutes.
(*you can see my peppers hiding under my zoodles if you look close enough)
Step 3: While noodles are resting, bring pan to medium high heat. Toss in pepper and zoodles and stir for the last 2 to 3 minutes the noodles are resting. Mix in pad thai sauce and soy sauce to zoodles and peppers. Add in rice noodles after they have been drained.
This is the pad thai sauce I used. I found it at my local asian market and it is super authentic and very very tasty. I got 3 dishes of pad thai out of it.
Step 4: Plate noodles and pepper and add crushed peanuts on top. I also made an additional peanut sauce that I will include a recipe to as well. I can't get enough sauces.
Enjoy! I ate this whole thing while reading a manuscript for my mom's friend. She also works in education and wrote a very moving book about her work with transgendered children. It's such a good/important book for those learning to understand about gender identity issues.
I ate this whole thing I so I'll give you the calories of my whole, probably too big, lunch.
Nutritional Info (without additional peanut sauce): Servings 1, whole dish. Calories; 514. Fat 9.8 g, Fiber 7.7 g, Protein 9.4 g, Carbohydrates 96.9 g.
Nutritional Info for additional sauce (3 Tbs Powdered peanut butter, 2 Tbs Soy Sauce, 2 Tbs Sweet Chili Sauce): Calories, 185, Fat 2.2 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 10 g, Carbohydrates 31 g.