Thursday, February 5, 2015

Simple. Clean. Efficient

I love Thursday. The weekend might not be here, but it is nearing closer. Another week closer to spring and another two days to sleep in. I am looking forward to relaxing for a few days from all of the hustale and bustle of my normal happy life :)

Sometimes after a busy day, I want to cook something novel but I also crave simplicity.  My brain is not in the mood to process a complex recipe after processing information all day long. You might feel similarly after a long day of working, caring for children or studying for classes. It can be tough!

The weather is going to be in the 50's on Saturday, which takes me back to our trip to Kauai. Granted, it was closer to 80 degrees, but for the Midwest winter a 50 degree day might as well be a heat wave. I had the simplest pad thai from a food truck and from the moment I ate it, I immediately started dreaming up a way to create it at home to share with all of you.  It needed to be simple. Easy. Efficient.

You can make this pad thai with ingredients that you probably have laying around in your kitchen. The longest step will be soaking (or cooking!) the noodles. Mine called for 10 minutes of soaking in hot water. The rest of the recipe comes together in minutes. Feel free to double or quadruple if you are feeding a crowd.

If my kitchen walls could talk: Need to turn up the heat? Feel free to layer on the sriracha sauce. A tip - the sauce may seem minimal based on the amount of noodles that are cooked, so feel free to double or triple the sauce based on your personal preference. Not a fan of edamame? Swap out chicken or tofu to still pack a protein punch.

Quick and Clean Pad Thai 


1 tbsp tamari
1/4 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp lime juice
1-2 cups rice noodles, cooked per package directions
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/4 garlic, minced
1/3 cup edamame
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
1 scallion, chopped

1. Combine tamari, brown sugar and lime juice in a small bowl, set aside. Cook rice noodles per package directions, set aside.
2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add grapeseed oil and garlic. Add rice noodles, edamame, peanuts and scallions, stir to combine. Add tamari sauce. Continue to stir until heated through and peanuts are lightly browned.

What's on your plate this Thursday? 

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