Rainbow Pad Thai

Pad Thai is normally very high in sugar, and also contains both meat and eggs. This version is lighter on the carbs and heavy on the vegetables. It is meatless and has less sugar. If you do not have the exact vegetables listed below on hand, feel free to simply use what you have. Enjoy!  

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces of rice noodles ( ½ of a large pack ) 
  • ½ tbsp of sesame oil  
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic 
  • 2 carrots  
  • 1 stick of celery  
  • ½ of a small red onion  
  • ½ of a zucchini  
  • ¼ each of a green and red bell pepper 
  • Handful of broccoli 
  • Handful of cauliflower   
  • ½ of an eggplant  

For the Pad Thai Sauce 

  • 3 tbsp of fish sauce 
  • 2 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce 
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar 
  • 1 tbsp of honey  
  • 2 tbsp of rice vinegar  
  • 1 tbsp of siracha ( more can be added later, if you prefer) 
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter 

Toppings 

  • Green Onions 
  • ½ Cup of peanuts 
  • ½ Cup fresh cilantro  

Instructions 

  1. Cook your rice noodles according to package instructions. The great thing about rice noodles is they often will cook in hot water in your sink while you are making the rest of your dinner. Tip: The package will tell you to soak in cool water. This will not work and is not true. Soak in near boiling water. For a healthier less traditional option, use buckwheat noodles. They are also great with this, and tasty as well! 
  2. Mix the Sauce. I use a mini food processor. If you do not have one, that is ok, simply mix by hand in a bowl, set aside.  
  3. Wash and Chop your vegetables. The key is that all your vegetables are evenly sized so that they cook evenly.  
  4. Chop your peanuts. Some recipes simply will tell you to add them whole. They are so much better minced. I like to chop them in the same mixer I blended my sauce, they will take on the same flavor and add so much flare to your dish.  
  5. Drain your Noodle. At some point your noodles will be done. 🙂 Done means soft to the point of your likeness. This is where tasting come in. You may need to drain your water, and add additional new Hot, near boiling water. How neat that your noodles will cook themselves while you make dinner. 
  6. Into a pan, add your sesame oil. Over medium heat. Add your garlic. If you do not have sesame you can sub Olive oil. Add you onion. Toss for 15 to 30 seconds, add your crunchier veggies that take longer to cook, then toss in remaining veggies. 
  7. Add your Noodles 
  8. Add your sauce 
  9. Reduce heat, Toss / mix in your peanuts 
  10. Serve topped with cilantro / lime squeeze if you like 

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