Low-Carb Spicy Peanut Pad Thai
As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m pretty obsessed with squash.
Butternut, pumpkin, spaghetti, acorn, zucchini — you name it, I eat it. Anywhere from 3-5 of my meals per week include it. Awesome for me, tiring for my dining companion.
So this week, I decided to kick things up a notch. Instead of my usual go-to dish, Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti, I decided to attempt to make Pad Thai using squash noodles.
I’m a huge Pad Thai fan. My love started while working at the uber-fancy eatery Pei Wei in college, and developed on a trip to Thailand a couple of years ago.
Unfortunately, Pad Thai is not all that nutritious. With loads of refined oil and noodles, its only real redeeming quality is the bean sprouts.
By replacing the noodles with spaghetti squash though, I added a boost of nutrients and fiber. Then, instead of dousing the noodles with peanut oil, I made a flavorful sauce with real peanut butter, lime juice, and soy sauce.
Spicy Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
4 C. Cooked Spaghetti Squash
8 oz. Sliced Extra Firm Tofu
1/2 C. Shredded Carrots
1/4 C. Green Onions
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
1 T. Minced Ginger
1 T. Coconut Oil
1 Egg White
1/4 C. Bean sprouts
Cilantro, Limes, and Almonds or Peanuts (for garnish)
2 T. Peanut Butter
2 T. Soy Sauce
1 T. White Vinegar
1 T. Stevia or Honey
1 T. Lime Juice
1 T. Chili Paste (more or less depending on heat preference)
1. Heat coconut oil in a pan and saute onions, garlic, and ginger for about 2 minutes.
2. Add carrots and tofu and continue to cook until tofu is crispy and browned.
3. Add egg and egg white and scramble until cooked through. Then remove the mixture from the pan and set aside.
4. Mix together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
5. Warm spaghetti squash in the pan over low heat and stir in the peanut sauce. Then add in the tofu mixture and bean sprouts.
6. Dump your “noodles” on a plate. Top with cilantro and nuts. Garnish with lime.
7. Grab your chopsticks and chow down!
I’m proud to say that the BF said this was one of the best meals I’ve ever made, cue the blushing.
If you like, you can add shrimp, chicken, or more veggies.
Don’t know how to bake spaghetti squash? Here’s an easy spaghetti squash noodle tutorial >>
Weigh In: How much does this dish look like real Pad Thai with real noodles?! What’s your favorite cultural cuisine? Care to share any other interesting recipes for spaghetti squash?