Easy Pad Thai

Happy New Year!

It’s a great time of year to reflect on habits from years passed that you want to continue or change depending on how you feel about said habits. This year I decided to keep things simple as most of the time, the simple things lead to bigger and better changes. I decided baby steps will make things much easier to becoming a “better” version of me. That being said, my only resolution this year is to cut down on waste. A big part of that waste in my life comes from going out to get coffee/tea before work, with friends, just for the heck of it, the list goes on and on. I decided that my resolution would include not having coffee unless I bring a reusable cup or sit down and get the drink in a mug. I’m mentioning this because it’s these little things that can help us work towards a healthier Earth. In other words, you don’t need to make huge changes in your life to achieve a greener planet (and happier you), try something small and work your way up! What are your new year resolutions? I’d love to hear them!

Okay, who knew this would be a blog post about lifestyle… back to FOOD! I am so excited to share this pad thai recipe with you all because it’s cheap, easy and delicious! Before I get into the recipe, I wanted to give you some fun facts about soy!

  1. It’s a complete protein on its own meaning that you get all the essential amino acids when you consume it
  2. It contains all three types of fats (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). It’s important to note that saturated fat is mostly only found in animals, but is still needed for your cell membranes to function
  3. Soy is high in iron and folate which I have linked to previous posts that I have described the importance of this mineral and vitamin
  4. Soy is high in potassium which is important to consume to balance out the amount of sodium consumed. It’s an important mineral for proper brain and muscle function
  5. As the controversy was introduced about the phytoestrogen levels in soy, a lot of research has come out. The verdict is that it would take a crazy amount of soy that is isolated into a particular form in order to see an increase in estrogen levels. This being said, do your own research to learn more about it. I’m happy to send you all research articles if you’re interested!
  6. Soy has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol levels in those with high cholesterol

And so… without further adieu, the recipe for pad thai with tofu!

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
10 minutes 20 minutes 30 min

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Ingredients:

8 oz pad thai rice noodles

1 Tbsp sesame or coconut oil

1 bunch green onions

3 cloves garlic

1 carrot, shredded 

1 lb firm or extra firm tofu, cubed

Sauce:

2 Tbsp soy sauce, I used gluten free soy sauce

2 limes, for the juice

1 tbsp brown sugar or agave

1 tsp fresh shredded ginger

1 Tbsp sriracha

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/2-1c warm water

Toppings:

1/4 c peanuts, chopped

All of the green tops from the green onions, chopped

1/4 c cilantro, chopped

1 package bean sprouts

Directions:

  1. Start by soaking the pad thai noodles in hot water, I put the noodles in a pyrex dish, and let sit for about 20 minutesIMG_1830
  2. Chop up the white parts of the green onion and mince the garlic, add oil to pan then onions and garlic
  3. Peel and shred carrot then add to pan when onions and garlic begin to get clear in color
  4. After about 3 minutes, add tofu to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. While you wait for the tofu to warm up/cook, mix together all sauce ingredients and set aside.
  6. After the 20 minutes is up, add the rice noodles and sauce to the pan. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes to flavor up.
  7. Remove from heat and top as you wish!

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