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Monday, July 1, 2013

Plant Based Pad Thai

I am a lot of things.  I'm sure you could ask a ton of people and they would probably all give you slightly different answers, but one that I think would be very rare (or hopefully non-existent) is cheater.  The Super Parents definitely raised us all to be honest, hard working, etc.  Just today at a market, a small business owner gave me the wrong change and I was almost embarrassed that I hadn't noticed.  I have my own small business and I would NEVER want to cheat anyone out of anything!
Well....I'll tell you a secret.  I do cheat.  I cheat when I make Pad Thai. :)  I found this recipe over at Happy Herbivore.  Have you checked her out yet?  Oh. My. Goodness.  I have not found a single dish of hers that I am not in love with.  I think I'm going to be asking for her entire cookbook set for Christmas and I'm kinda anti cookbook (I can't stand the clutter - so I end up putting them away and then I never use them!)

I love using this recipe to use up all the odds and ends from the fridge or when I get a ton of veggies in the reclaimed produce box.  Both of the pictures in this post are filled with free veggies (except for the water chestnuts in the first pictures - those were a special request from Ze-Ra)! :)  I think I can handle a meal that costs less than $1 for 4 people!!! :)

Cheater Pad Thai
What's In It:
1/4 c soy sauce
2 T sweet soy sauce (or additional regular soy sauce)
2 T peanut butter
2 T sweet chili sauce*
1 t siracha sauce
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t ginger powder

8 oz rice noodles, prepared

What To Do With It:
Whisk all ingredients except for noodles together.  I sometimes do this earlier in the day and keep it in the fridge if I know I'm going to be rushed later - how can you be too rushed to whisk something together in 2 minutes?  I don't know, but it happens.  :)

Pour over rice noodles as soon as they are ready.

Serve with bean sprouts, green onions, veggie stir fry - or just enjoy the noodley goodness. :)

*I use a sweet chili sauce for spring rolls.  I just saw that you can make your own....I smell a project! :)


  1. Looks yummy Mel! So easy to toss kind of dinner :)
    Thank so much for linking up today at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!!!

    1. Thanks Erin and thank you for hosting! I am loving Share Your Stuff Tuesdays - so many good dishes being shared over there! :)
      And you aren't kidding about super easy to toss together - this is my new last minute "what are we having for dinner?!" meal :)