Vegetable Pad Thai

This recipe is not vegan, it’s not even vegetarian BUT it is plant based! Like I said in the about section of the blog we try hard to not label ourselves as vegan or vegetarian. We are trying to eat more plants and make them the stars of our dishes. This recipe definitely still does this and it’s so delicious! Garren and I love thai food and I have been wanting to try a good pad thai recipe for a while. This one from Pinch of Yum was the perfect recipe to modify for our family.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz rice noodles
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • half a yellow onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tbsp oil oil + 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup of fresh herbs (we used cilantro, green onions, and basil) chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (this is necessary to get that authentic pad thai flavor!)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili garlic sauce

 

Place the uncooked noodles in a bowl of cold water to soak. Cut the zucchini, red pepper, yellow onion and carrot in to small pieces. In a jar Combine the fish sauce, brown sugar, vegetable broth, white vinegar, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce. Shake to combine. Heat a tablespoon of oil over high heat and add the veggies. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes or until tender. You do not want to overcook these or they will get soggy. Transfer them to a dish and set it aside.

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Add the other tablespoon of olive oil and the sesame oil to the pan. Drain the noodles (they should have softened by now) and add to the pan. Stir fry for a minute using tongs to move it around and toss. Add the sauce and cook for two more minutes. The sauce will thicken and start to stick to the noodles.

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Push the noodles aside to make room for the egg. Pour the beaten egg into the pan, let sit for 30 seconds and then toss everything around with the tongs. Add in the vegetables, toss together and remove heat.  We like to have the fresh herbs and peanuts out for every to add as much as they would like to their own dish. You can just toss into the mixture if you prefer.

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Serve and enjoy.

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