Pad Thai

Thailand’s popular noodle dish, made with shrimp and tofu.

Recipe from
Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! Great-tasting Food That Won’t Go From Your Lips to Your Hips!

3 tbsp each lime juice and fish sauce
2 tbsp each ketchup and brown sugar
1 tbsp each grated ginger and soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 oz rice stick noodles
2 tsp peanut or vegetable oil
1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onions
2 tsp minced garlic
1 medium diced red bell pepper
8 oz uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup diced extra-firm tofu
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts

Gather all the ingredients and get them ready. To prepare sauce, whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Place rice noodels in a large bowl and pour boiling water over top. Let soak 7 minutes. Drain.
While noodles are soaking, heat oil in large non-stick wok. Add onions and garlic. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until onions are tender, about 2 minutes. Add red pepper and cook 2 more minutes, stirring often. Add shrimp and tofu. Cook and stir until shrimp turn pink, aout 3 minutes. Add reserved sauce, noodles, bean sproutsm green onion and cilantro. Toss and cook until mixture is hot, about 1 minute. Add peanuts and toss again. Serve immediately.

When I told Tony I was doing Pad Thai for dinner, he said “oh yeah, I know him.” Haha, very funny. This is the first time I’ve made this recipe so I didn’t alter it much, except I left out the red pepper flakes and peanuts, to make it more ‘kid-friendly.’ I put in a spoonful of peanut-butter instead to give it a nutty flavour. It was such a great meal, I really enjoyed it and so did Tony. The kids, while they didn’t seem to like the meal much as a whole, each found something they liked about it. Cole ate all his shrimp, and Bennett ate all his tofu. I really thought they would go for the noodles but they weren’t that interested. I guess this was a little too ‘different’ for them. Oh well, it’s good for them to try new things. I hadn’t given Cole shrimp for over a year because they last time I did he got ill and I thought it was maybe allergic because there is a shrimp allergy in our family. I’m happy to report he did not get sick this time. Now that I know he can eat shrimp I’ll be cooking with it more often.

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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