I looked around for a good vegan Pad Thai recipe for what seemed like forever. I finally took what I liked from a few different recipes and added some extras that I liked and here is the result. It is honestly one of my favorite meals…easy, full of flavor, and tons of veggies!
NOTE: If you can find them, try to use flat brown rice noodles. I use the Annie Chun’s brand found in the asian food section at Whole Foods Market. Unlike regular flat rice noodles, these ones don’t tend to get as sticky and gummy as the regular ones, and they are whole grain!
3 tablespoons water or vegetable stock
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced (Take a piece about the size of your thumb and try peeling it with a spoon. It’s a lot easier and safer than using a knife. You end up saving a lot more of the ginger too!)
1 package of baked tofu (recipe to follow)
3 green onions, sliced
2 cups broccoli florets cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 to 1 cup each of the following
- shredded carrots
- sliced celery
- snow peas
- bean sprouts
1 package of flat brown rice noodles, soaked in warm water for about 10-20 min (or as directed on the package), then drained.
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (less if you like it mild, or are serving to kids)
1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce (optional)
1/4 cup low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 teaspoons sweetener (agave, honey, evaporated cane juice, etc. will do)
12-15 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped (unsalted) peanuts
BAKED TOFU – If you are going to bake your own tofu, you can do it well ahead of time. Just keep in the refrigerator until ready to use. If using packaged baked tofu, then just cut it into bite-sized cubes and it’s ready to add!
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Drain tofu and wrap with 2-3 paper towels and place on a large plate. Place another plate on top and top the plate with something relatively heavy, like a can of beans. Press the tofu for anywhere from 10 min. to 1 hour, depending upon how much time you have.
- Cut tofu into bite-sized pieces and place on a parchment or silicon mat lined baking sheet. Brush or spray the tofu with tamari or soy sauce and sprinkle with n0-salt seasoning, like Mrs. Dash (Costco has a great salt-free seasoning under their Kirkland brand too).
- Bake for 20 minutes, turning tofu pieces over half-way through. Set aside. If not using right away, wait until they are completely cool and refrigerate in an airtight container for later use.
- Heat a dry non-stick skillet over medium low heat. Place chopped peanuts in skillet and stir regularly. Keep an eye on them and cook until fragrant and toasted. Then remove from heat.
- Place water or stock in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat until it starts to bubble. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute).
- Add tofu, veggies and noodles one at a time, stirring for about 1 minute before adding each additional ingredient. This keeps the skillet from cooling down too much as the ingredients are added.
- Whisk the chili powder/sauce, tamari, lime juice and sweetener together in a small bowl and add to the party in the wok or skillet. You can even just add them straight into the veggies without whisking together first. You’ll end up with one less bowl to clean up.
- Stir everything together until well combined and remove from the heat. If your Pad Thai looks a little dry, try adding a little more water or vegetable stock.
- Place in bowls and garnish with plenty of toasted peanuts and cilantro.
- DIG IN!!!!