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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Great Pad Thai Faker

I am a huge fan of Pad Thai.  You know the dish:  sweet Asian sauce, tossed with little shrimp, crushed peanuts, and eggs and served over delicious noodles?  Well this is not that, exactly.  BUT it is pretty close for a healthy at home option and I'm thrilled with the results; it was delicious in its own right!

I had started thinking about lunch early today and quickly remembered that I had a few leftover shrimp at my disposal and a brand new bottle of reduced sodium Soy Sauce waiting to be cracked open, and that is when the Pad Thai idea struck!  I did a search for an easy homemade recipe and found this Blog which provided a very helpful ingredient list and motivated me to try my own version with what I had in the fridge.

First I made the sauce in a large glass bowl, adding:

1/2 cup Organic Free Range Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 Tbsp Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Organic all Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tsp Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
1/2 Lime, juice freshly squeezed
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

Then came to moment to decide:  should I add a sweetener? Pad Thai is a much loved dish largely I think due to the deliciously sweet flavor of the sauce (myself included).  But is it necessary?  There were many big flavors already in my bowl.  The inspirational Recipe used Brown Sugar, but in this moment of New Years resolutions and seeing that 'higher than I'd like' number on the scale last week, I chose to forgo it.   I do not regret the choice!  However, this is your moment to decide, would a little Honey or Brown Sugar improve the flavor for you?  I won't judge :)

So I whisked everything together and added my 'noodles':  1 cup of ready to go Spaghetti Squash from the fridge!  I popped it into the microwave to get it properly heated up. 

In the meantime, I quartered my 4 crispy Shrimp, chopped one Hard Boiled Egg, and a small bunch of Cilantro, and gathered my other toppers:  a small handful of Roasted Unsalted Peanuts and 1/2 Avocado, diced.

Everything came together nicely:

Added the Shrimp to my Pad Thai Spaghetti Squash noodles

Added the chopped Egg

Added the Peanuts and Cilantro

Added the Avocado = Great and Healthy Pad Thai Faker!

Try it out and let me know what you think!

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