Love pad Thai but eating grain-free? Here’s a version inspired by Eating Clean from Amie Valpone
I have been cooking from Amie Valpone’s book Eating Clean for the second half of this month, and the food is so beautiful. With Amie’s permission, I used her zucchini pad Thai recipe as a jumping-off point for a paleo version. I also got to play with the new OXO Spiralizer this month (look for it in a giveaway later this spring).
If you’ve seen these recipes with zucchini noodles, aka zoodles, and wondered how people made them, it’s with a nifty tool like this.
The OXO Spiralizer comes with three blades that switch out easily: one for cutting spaghetti, one for fettucini, and one for slicing.
The whole thing comes apart for easy cleaning, and the suction cup on the bottom holds it in place. Note that in my vintage kitchen, the only surface it would stick to was the top of my mini microwave. But if you have a wide flat countertop (marble, granite, slate, etc) it should work just fine.
As you can see, it makes gorgeous noodles.
I used Amie’s recipe as a starting point for this pad Thai, then added browned diced chicken, crispy chicken skin, and egg to increase the protein. I used macadamia nuts for the sauce; cashews would work great as well. If you use cashews, then toast chopped cashews instead of the sliced almonds for the topping. Of course you can skip the meat and egg for a vegan/vegetarian version. I might add some crispy tofu squares in that case. Note that you’ll need to soak the nuts and the date for at least 30 minutes. After that, the recipe comes together very quickly.
And if you love Thai food and are plant-based and/or gluten-free, check out my e-book:
Twelve Terrific Thai Recipes: Gluten-Free & Vegan.
vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, celiac, paleo, low-sodium, soy-free diets (see notes above for veg version)
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You might also like:
Pistachio-orange pad Thai from Amie at The Healthy Apple
Paleo pad Thai with carrot and sweet potato noodles from Nosh and Nourish
Shrimp pad Thai from Cooking Light
Here’s Amie’s book if you want to check it out: