What exactly is Pad Thai?
According to a super credible resource (wikipedia), it is “a dish of stir-fried Pho noodles, a type of rice noodle, with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, hot dogs or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime, the juice of which can be added along with Thai condiments. It is usually served with scallions and pieces of raw banana flower.”
I set out to create a healthy version of this dish… Not that rice noodles aren’t healthy, but spaghetti squash is healthIER! 😉
I have made this twice now. Once with bean sprouts and once without. I liked the bean sprouts better, I must say. However, no sprouts? No problem. I subbed in sauteed onions.
Healthy Pad Thai
Makes 2 Servings
-2 cups spaghetti squash
-2 chicken breasts (~8 oz.)
-2 garlic cloves
-1/2 onion (cut in strips) **or bean sprouts
-1 1/2T soy sauce
-1T peanut flour (or softened PB/AB)
-2 eggs (I used 1 egg, 3T egg whites)
-red pepper flakes
-4 green onions (chopped)
- Cut a squash in half, place upside down in a microwaveable dish with half inch of water.
- Microwave for 15 minutes, check softness–add more time, as needed, until squash can shred into spaghetti-like pieces.
- While squash is cooking, in a small dish, mix soy sauce, peanut flour, and eggs. Scramble.
- Saute onion in large pan, set aside
- Saute garlic and cook chicken breasts until done.
- Add onion back in with chicken.
- Pour egg mixture over chicken and let rest for 45 seconds.
- Scramble chicken mixture until thoroughly cooked.
- Sprinkle red pepper flakes to taste. (the more the merrier!)
- Add in squash, stir to combine.
- Stir in green onions.
- Plate up and top with cilantro & sriracha (naturally..)
Question: What healthier recipes do you know?? Link up any healthified recipes you have! 🙂