Vegan Pad Thai – Peanut & Gluten Free

by Sharon on September 27, 2013

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Ever since making this faux ‘soy’ sauce I’ve been brainstorming dishes to use it in. First was this wildly popular Chicken Fried Brown Rice and now … ta da! Vegan Pad Thai!

I enjoy recreating restaurant meals for a couple of reasons. Firstly, coming from a hospitality background, I know first hand how much butter, salt, and cream go into everything. You’d be amazed. I worked with a chef who’s catch phrase was ‘butter makes it better’. Eating out is something I now reserve for special occasions and holidays. Even when on holiday, I try to book into hotels that have kitchenettes so I can at least make a few things myself instead of relying on restaurant food for every meal.

Secondly is the expense! I often hear people lamenting about the cost of eating healthy/organically, yet these very people are no strangers to restaurants and eating out is a regular habit. If one was to add up the cost of eating out even 2-3 times a week it would probably be the same total as my weekly grocery bill. And we eat, let me tell you! When I had my tea leaves read in Victoria this summer, the reader actually picked up on my appetite. She said “For such a slim girl you really like to eat!” What can I say? The tea leaves didn’t lie ;)

Anywho, back to the Pad Thai! This was so simple to throw together … In a small bowl I stirred together my faux ‘soy’ sauce, fresh lime juice, a minced clove of garlic, some lovely toasted sesame oil (highly recommended!) and spices like chili flakes, ground ginger and chili powder.

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I had picked up some Thai style rice noodles and cooked them according to the package directions.

While the noodles were cooking I chopped up some fresh cilantro, green onions and a few roasted almonds.

Once the noodles were cooked, I poured them into a big bowl and tossed in the sauce.

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Next, I topped everything off with the cilantro, onions and almonds and that’s it!

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This dish was a winner for me and Joe (that’s a stamp of approval right there!). It tasted light and fresh with a bit of a kick. I liked the texture of the crunchy green onions and roasted almonds. It’s a great weeknight option when you want something fast, easy and, the best part, guilt free!

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Vegan Pad Thai – Peanut & Gluten Free

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package rice noodles (I used fettuccini shaped noodles)
  • ¼ cup faux ‘soy’ sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ tsp toasted sesame oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup roasted almonds, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients, with the exception of the noodles, cilantro, green onions, and almonds, into a small bowl and stir well with a fork
  2. Cook noodles according to the package instructions
  3. Drain the noodles and toss in the sauce
  4. Top with the cilantro, green onions and roasted almonds
http://thehonoursystem.com/2013/09/27/vegan-pad-thai-peanut-gluten-free/

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens September 27, 2013 at 7:40 am

Oh – this just looks so delicious (goooorgeous photos :D )! Definitely so much healthier than the restaurant version but every bit as wonderful and satisfying! Love it! Pinning ASAP!

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Sharon Sharon September 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

Thanks, Shelley :) It’s a keeper for sure!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

You’re so good at coming up with vegan and gluten-free eats! This one looks delicious and I love that you made it peanut-free. For some reason, the amount of people with peanut allergies is increasing every day so I’m sure this will be appreciated.

And I agree, if you eat out regularly then you are spending more than enough to afford a healthy, organic diet!

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Sharon Sharon September 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I consider myself lucky to be free of food allergies because you are so right! The amount of people who suffer from restrictions is so high …

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Toronto Girl West September 28, 2013 at 1:09 am

I have to confess that I saw that it was a pad thai recipe and almost clicked away due to peanut issue! lol And then I saw peanut and gluten free and decided you were my hero! lol :P

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Sharon Sharon September 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Ha! Well, I don’t know if it warrants hero status but this is a very tasty dish!

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Aysegul - Ice September 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

Wow this looks delicious! This will be our dinner tonight…
Thanks for sharing!
Cheers!

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Sharon Sharon September 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I hope you love it! Thanks for stopping by :)

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