Monday, June 18, 2012

Not your usual Father's Day Thai

So it's fairly standard that father's get ties as gifts for father's day; however, my dad doesn't really wear ties, so I decided to take a non-traditional approach to the traditional "tie" gift and prepare my dad one of his all time favorite dishes- Pad Thai! Since my dad doesn't follow a low carb diet, I prepared his dish with regular rice noodles, but to make this a low carb meal, just sub the rice noodles for Shirataki noodles- I've made it before and it tastes great! So, just as a disclaimer, the photograph features your typical Asian rice noodles although the recipe I am going to share with you calls for Shirataki noodles!

But without further hesitation, here is my recipe for a lightened up Pad Thai!- If you're someone who likes a saucier Pad Thai, simply make a double batch of the sauce and cook it on in!

1.5 T fish sauce
1 T plum vinegar
2 1/2 T Water
2 T Stevia (or sugar or any other sugar substitute)
3/4 t chili powder
optional: 1/2 t red pepper flakes, 1/2 t dried ginger

To prepare:
Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and give a good mix.

For the pad thai:

1 package Yam Noodles or Shirataki Noodles- (shape of your choice!)
1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic
4 oz chopped chicken breast (or shrimp or tofu- or both!)
1/4- 1/2 cup of liquid egg whites
a GIANT handful of bean sprouts (unless you don't like these suckers but my dad and I both love them so I threw a lot in there)
a nice sized handful of chopped scallions and chives
1/2 T chopped peanuts (you can optionally add more to garnish!)
a few lime wedges to garnish

To prepare:
Start by getting your Shirataki noodles drained, rinsed, dried, and ready to go. Then spray a wok with some non-stick spray and scramble your egg whites. Put them in a bowl the side, spray the wok again, and add your chopped garlic. Once it browns a bit, add your chicken breasts and cook them until they are almost cooked all the way through (you could steam the chicken first to eliminate this step because without oil it is hard to keep the chicken from sticking to the wok). Then add your shirataki noodles and egg whites, give a good mix, and pour your sauce over everything and stir it around. Lastly, add your bean sprouts, scallions and chives, and chopped peanuts and cook for about another 30 seconds, stirring everything together. Finally, get those noodles into a bowl and garnish with your lime wedges and additional chopped peanuts if you so choose! Pin It

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