Healthy Pad Thai

Hiya, people!  First, thank you so much for your supportive comments on my 4th Annual DeRuyter Lake Triathlon recap.  I’ve had a total blast embarking on this new hobby-turned-lifestyle, and your (virtual) support means a ton—you rock!

Dinner

Last night, my mom and I teamed up to try a new entrée:  Paleo Pad Thai, a recipe Tina posted earlier this month that’s originally from Well Fed:  Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.

However, since neither we nor Wegmans had some of the required primal-friendly ingredients (coconut amino, say what?), the dish ended up being a healthier version of this Thai food favorite.  We also substituted some ingredients based on our personal tastes (like forgoing the onions) what we had on hand (like using green beans instead of snow peas and peanut instead of sunflower butter).  Here’s how we made it. (We doubled the recipe so it would make four servings, but these are the original measurements.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch Sunshine Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 2 cups roasted spaghetti squash
  • 6-8 ounces rotisserie chicken

Directions:

Crack eggs into a small bowl and use a fork to scrambled them with soy sauce.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes and add 2 teaspoons coconut oil; when it’s melted, pour in eggs and let them spread like a pancake.  Reduce heat to medium and cover with a lid, letting eggs cook until they set and start to brown on the bottom (about 3-4 minutes).  Flip and lightly brown the other side.  Remove eggs from pan and slice into strips with a pizza cutter.

Using the same pan, increase heat to medium-high and add 1 teaspoon coconut oil. [Because we doubled the recipe, we needed to use a bigger pan for this step.] Sauté green beans until they’re crisp-tender (about 5 minutes).  Add spaghetti squash, chicken, and cooked egg.  Continue stirring until heated through (about 3 minutes).  Add the Sunshine Sauce and stir-fry until everything is well-blended and hot.  Serves 2

Sunshine Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Directions:

Place all ingredients except coconut milk in blender and whirl until combined.  Scrape down sides with rubber spatula, then add coconut milk.  Process until it’s blended and smooth.  Store covered in the fridge.

It was pretty good; a little salty from the soy sauce, but tasty.

Next time, I’d make it as a Paleo-friendly dish and add more cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.

For dessert, my mom made Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Cake.

She used some of our apple-picking apples, and it was delicious!

In other news, a certain greyhound stole an ear of corn last night.

During the summer, my dad loves getting local corn for dinner.  And clearly, so does Zelda.

Caught in the act!

Workout – Biking

Prior to triathloning, my workouts consisted of running, strength training, and maybe an indoor spin class or two, and now, the sport has helped me appreciate other types of sweat sessions.  One year ago, if you told me I’d enjoy swimming and cycling, I would’ve had a good laugh, but that’s exactly what’s happened.  In fact, when I don’t do one discipline for a few days, my body starts to crave it.  And since I hadn’t been riding since Saturday’s triathlon, I was itching to get in the saddle this morning.  I completed two leisurely laps around the lake that took a little more than 60 minutes.

Breakfast

OK, confession time:  On Friday, I bought a jar of Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter on a whim.  Not only do I love all things chocolate and nut butter (have you seen my Pinterest board?), but I also thought it would be a perfect post-triathlon treat.  Except for the fact that I didn’t wait until after Saturday’s race to open it.  Somehow, I ended up standing next to the pantry with a spoon buried in the good stuff and wondering where the past 10 minutes went.  Whoops.  Needless to say, the jar didn’t last long, and it made a perfect base for this morning’s batch of overnight oats.

I prepped my go-to mixture last night—frozen strawberries and blueberries, plus Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, cinnamon, and chia seeds—and this combo was such a winner.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Have you ever bought anything on a whim while grocery shopping?  Was it as good as you expected?

13 Responses to Healthy Pad Thai

  1. “I ended up standing next to the pantry with a spoon buried in the good stuff and wondering where the past 10 minutes went.” …..can I just say AMEN? Hahaha you really couldn’t have described it more perfectly. Your pad Thai looks like it came out great! I haven’t had Thai food in so long, I need to make a homemade version soon!

  2. I’m awful about impulse buying while at the grocery store. That recipe looks great! If it was too salty, you might try low-sodium soy sauce next time.

  3. I’ve put us on a pretty tight budget, so I’m usually sticking close to my list and adding up the totals in my head… hoping I don’t run into anyone and lose my count. Sometimes I will throw a surprise meat item in my cart if it happens to be in the clearance area for a great price… then go home and cook it that evening.. .often times going to Pinterest for some crazy recipe. Thanks for linking to yours…I will check your board out later this evening and feel free to snoop in my area too ! I love that website. WP and Pinterest is where I can lose hours. Your food pictures always look really GREAT. The picture of your dog is hilarious. My dog loves cooked veggies…even onions and saurkraut. weirdness! ha ha

  4. My dog steals whole zucchini out of the neighbor’s garden. She’s a weird one too.
    I am excited to try that pad Thai recipe! I will probably end up using soy sauce too because the only place I can find coconut aminos around here is online.

    • Glad to hear Zelda isn’t the only doggie with these tendencies. ;) I’ve never heard of coconut aminos before this recipe, and I’m intrigued–need to check out specialty health food stores, and like you said, ordering online is always an option.

  5. Haha love that description of you eating the nut butter! I am the same way, always have been, always will be!

    Zelda is so sneaky, our dog hasn’t had a lot of “people” food and we are trying to keep it that way!

    • That chocolate nut butter was my demise! So, so delicious, but I definitely can’t keep a jar around regularly. Zelda can’t have “people food” or table scraps either, but she is a sneaky one.

  6. Everything on this post looks so tasty! Especially that almond butter ;-) I would have done the same thing.

    Great post!

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