After spiralizing my zucchini, I was ready to prepare the sauce and ready my garnishes. It is a fairly simple cooking process, for which I use my trusty wok. Use less zucchini for two people,but otherwise follow the instructions. A spoonful of real peanut butter isn’t a bad option to the sauce? I am addicted…
Zoodle Pad Thai
Yield: 4 servings
4 medium zucchinis (about 10-ounces each), made into zoodles with spiralizer( I used one larger one for two people)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 green onions, sliced in 1-inch pieces
½ cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons less sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
For the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients and set aside until needed.
Heat a wok, or large skillet (preferably with high sides) over medium-heat. Add the oil and garlic, and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
Add the 2 eggs to the pan and lightly scramble for about 30-40 seconds. Add half of the green onions, and peanuts to the skillet, toss for about 30 seconds.
Add the zoodles and the set aside sauce to the skillet. Use tongs to gently toss the zoodles into the sauce to evenly coat all of the zoodles.
Garnish with the remaining uncooked green onions, peanuts, bean sprouts, cilantro and a lime wedge.
The flavors are sealed right into a foil packet with no clean up! The salmon comes out so tender/juicy. Sure to be a family favorite!
1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional if you want more heat
2 pounds salmon
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
To make the sauce, whisk together chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic, fish sauce, ginger, lime juice and Sriracha in a small bowl; set aside.
Place salmon onto prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the chili sauce mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with peanuts and cilantro, if desired.
*Baking time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of the salmon.
Stefano Faita is one of my favourite TV chefs. Thai food is also a favourite of mine. This recipe seems a little complicated, but if you prepare everything in advance it is quite fast to cook for your guests.
Stefano’s Ultimate Pad Thai 4 servings
3/4(14-ounce) package flat rice noodles (1/4-inch thick)
4 tbsp. ketchup
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. lime juice
3 tbsp. fish sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 block extra firm, pressed tofu, diced or about 1 cup diced tofu
20 small to medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
2 small chicken breasts, thinly sliced
Salt, to taste
1 heaping tbsp. ginger
1 heaping tbsp. garlic
2 Thai chilies, or to taste, chopped
3/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
3 green onions, sliced on the diagonal
2 handfuls bean sprouts
3 limes, cut into wedges
Large handful cilantro, chopped
Add boiling water to rice noodles. Let soak for about 1 minute. Drain and set aside. Alternatively, let soak in room temperature water until pliable, about 1 hour. (You can soak noodles in cold water and store in fridge 1 day in advance.)
To make sauce: add ketchup, lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce to small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
Add vegetable oil to wok and heat over medium heat. Fry tofu, until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towel. (Note this step can be done 1 day in advance).
Remove 3 tbsp. oil from the wok. Increase heat to high. Add chicken and season with salt. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and stir-fry until both chicken and shrimp are just cooked, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Add shallots, chilies, garlic and ginger and stir-fry until lightly golden, about 30 seconds. Add eggs. Let fry for 1 minute.
Add noodles then sauce. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add chicken and shrimp back to the wok. Cook until heated through, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Garnish pad Thai with peanuts, green onion, bean sprouts, cilantro and lime wedges.
Yield: 4 servings.
Our friend Lynda spent several years in Thailand with her husband. When she cooks Thai food it is incredible! She has introduced this salad not only to us, but also to many Mexicans who never realized you could use green papayas. Of course, Lynda grows them in her yard…. Might be a little hard to find for our Northern friends…
This is great when served with chicken satay….
Green Papaya Salad
½ pound green papaya shredded in food processor
1 clove garlic
2 to 3 red Chile peppers seeded
1 tomato sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons fish sauce (yeah it smells bad but you don’t notice it when it is used in this recipe)
3 tablespoons lime juice
Lettuce leaves or cabbage squares (optional)
1 lime cut into wedges
Peel and seed the papaya. Grind together garlic and red Chile peppers in a food processor or mortar. Mix together the papaya, tomato, fish sauce and lime juice; add in garlic mixture and toss lightly. Serve with lime wedges and garnish with Chile peppers.
NOTES : Shredded carrots or cucumber can be substituted for the papaya. Thais like theirs with ground peanuts! I agree…