Farmer John’s Almost Pad Thai

In my research about how to make Pad Thai, I found out that, while making something delicious, I wasn’t exactly making authentic Pad Thai. In fact, Pad Thai has a very specific history, and some on the internet are very passionate about explaining this to the general public. My goal with this recipe is simple: combine some farm veggies with other tasty ingredients, one of which is Pad Thai noodles. Anyway, I think you’ll enjoy this recipe if you try it. Enjoy!

Ingredients for the Sauce

  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne or thai chilis (use 1/2 tsp. for greater spice level)
  • 4 tsp. coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. light miso (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Other Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. ginger, freshly minced
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric, freshly minced (optional)
  • extra firm tofu, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 2 packages of pad thai rice noodles
  • Preparation

    1. Combine the sugar, ground chili, and lime juice. Whisk together until the sugar is the dissolved. I used ground chilis from 2016.

    2. Thoroughly mix in olive oil, soy sauce, and peanut butter.

    3. Mix in the rest of the sauce ingredients: garlic, chopped peanuts, cilantro, miso, and nutritional yeast. Set aside.

    4. Begin to sauté the chopped sweet potato and carrot. After a few minutes add in the onion, ginger, & turmeric. Stir frequently until finished cooking, about 15 minutes. Then turn off the heat.

    5. Drain the tofu package, cut into bite size cubes, and then place in a mixing bowl. Pour approximately 3 tbsp. of soy sauce over it and set aside.

    6. In a sauce pan, set water to boil and cook the pad thai noodles. This only takes about 5 minutes so be careful not to over cook.

    7. Once the noodles are done, drain them. Then put them in a large pot, add the veggies from the frying pan, add the tofu, and pour the sauce over all of it. With a wooden spoon, stir until everything is well-combined.

    8. Eat!

    Note: You can use pork chops, cut into bite-size pieces, instead of the tofu.

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