Quick and Easy Pad Thai

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I love pad thai, but I don’t like the refined starch in all those noodles!! Now, I have discovered the konjac noodle. And here I want to share with you the recipe that I have created so that I can make a healthy pad thai easily at home.

What are konjac noodles you ask? Check out my post here where I discuss the pros and cons.

In addition to the high fiber in the noodles, the ingredients in this dish provide the following health benefits…

Shrimp – High in protein, and contain the mineral selenium and vitamin B12, shrimp are powerhouses of nutrition providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

Garlic – The allium compounds providing cardiovascular benefits is something that garlic is well known for. However, it also has other important roles. The sulfur compounds are important for our body’s detoxification systems and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ginger – Ginger could be considered to be a superfood with health benefits ranging from relief of gastrointestinal symptoms to anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits and also protection from certain types of cancer.

Quick and Easy Pad Thai

This one is a simplified version of the original so that you can make it on a busy weeknight.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: pad thai
Servings: 3

Ingredients

  • 15 pieces shrimp medium, no shell
  • 1 tbsp gluten free tamari
  • 1/3 cup organic broth
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar  can sub apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lime  juiced
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp gluten free tamari
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne optional
  • 210 g konjac noodles
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced minced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bean sprouts  optional
  • 2 stalks green onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts

Instructions

  • Toss shrimp in 1 tbsp gluten-free tamari and set aside. In another bowl mix next 6 ingredients to make the pad thai sauce (broth to cayenne) and set aside.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Rinse noodles well and drain. Then plunge noodles into boiling water for a minute, drain, rinse under cool water and set aside.
  • Place a large pan over medium-high heat. Add oil, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry 1 minute before adding shrimp. Stir-fry shrimp for 2 minutes or until pink. Then push ingredients aside and scramble the egg in a space on the pan.
  • Add noodles to the pan and start to add the sauce a bit at a time until all is used.
  • Remove from heat and mix in the bean sprouts, green onion and an additional squeeze of lime if desired. Sprinkle nuts and cilantro on top and serve.
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