I am not sure where the motivation came from but somewhere between cleaning up dog throw up, folding laundry, and the Lost marathon we’ve had playing all day I was inspired to experiment in the kitchen and it was a definite success! Derrick was preparing some chicken wings and as much as I love good homemade wings I am not able to eat a meal solely of them, I enjoy balance.
As I peered around my pantry (which is a small Walmart bookshelf-our apartment is TINY) it came to me; vegetarian peanut pad thai. I don’t typically go by recipes, I like to experiment with what I know tastes good but I will do my best to provide a recipe for you! This dish is great as a vegetarian dish or you could add your meet of choice.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did!
Vegetarian Peanut Pad Thai
2c Cooked Rice Noodles
1/2c Sliced Mushrooms
1/2 Sliced Red Onions
2 Chopped Garlic Cloves
2 Large Eggs
1c Leafy Greens (I used a kale mixture)
4 Sliced Green Onions
1-2tbs Olive Oil
1/4c Soy Sauce
3tbs. Peanut Butter
1tbs Tahini (optional)
2tbs Coconut Milk
1tbs Brown Sugar
2tbs Lime Juice (this can be added to sauce or later on to the entire dish)
**You can add any middle eastern spices to the sauce if desired-I used a curry mix we received from a friend in school who brought it back from Qatar. However, it is not necessary!**
Cook the noodles according to the packaging-keep in mind rice noodles cook very quickly and if over cooked become very mushy. Mine were finished cooking in under 5 minutes before the water had even come to a boil.
In a heated saute pan add the olive oil, onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook until onions are translucent and the mushrooms are cooked through. Add the two eggs, you can either scramble them in the vegetable mixture or before adding them. Cook until eggs are cooked through, stirring frequently so that they cook into smaller pieces for taste. Once the eggs have finished cooking add the cooked rice noodles and mix well.
Heat up the soy sauce in a sauce pan. Whisk in the peanut butter, coconut milk, brown sugar and tahini once it is warm. They will melt away into the warm soy sauce, stir until they are completely mixed. At this point you can add any spices you would like, I suggest cumin, turmeric, paprika, and chili powder if you have it on hand. If you don’t, that’s totally fine the sauce stands on its own!
Once the sauce has mixed thoroughly, add it to the noodles and vegetable mixture using tongs to fold in the sauce with soft noodles. Add the leafy greens and green onion to dish and continue to fold the sauce and greens in until it is mixed through and the greens are soft. Add the lime juice not if you did not add it to the sauce.
Mix together, and enjoy!
Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday friends!