Today we are sharing one of our favorite, quick, and easy noodle recipes! This recipe is being featured from the Full-Length Nutrition & Fitness Plan, and the beauty of this dish is that although it may look fancy, it can be prepared in 15 minutes – perfect for when you are in a rush!
Pad Thai Noodles
For the Pasta:
-1 box brown rice pad Thai noodles (typically found in the Asian food section of your grocery store)
-1/3 cup water
-1 onion, diced
-2 tbsp. minced garlic
-1 8 oz. package of mushrooms, lightly chopped, optional
-1 zucchini, chopped
-2 tbsp. lime juice
-2 to 4 large handfuls of spinach
-Handful of chopped green onions for topping, optional
-1/4 cup of peanuts for topping, optional
-Pinch of sea salt and black pepper
For the sauce:
-2 tbsp. honey
-2 tbsp. lime juice
-1/3 cup tamari (this is typically next to the soy sauce in your grocery store, and is an even lower sodium, gluten free, version of soy sauce)
-1 tsp. ground ginger
-1/2 + tsp. red pepper chili flakes (start with 1⁄2 tsp and add more for a spicier dish)
In a large sauté pan, heat 1/3 cup water and toss in the onion and garlic, and cook for a few minutes. Toss in the mushrooms, zucchini, and 2 tbsp. of lime juice and cook for a few more minutes, or until veggies are tender and the liquid has mostly reduced down.
Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil and toss in pad Thai noodles. Cook the noodles until tender (they cook very quickly – usually within 5 minutes or less) and save a 1/2 cup or more of pasta water (you may or may not need this later). Drain noodles and return them to the pot.
To make the sauce, whisk together the lime juice, honey, tamari, ground ginger, and chili flakes in a small bowl. Pour the sauce, along with all of your veggies and spinach, over the noodles, and toss everything to coat. Sprinkle in some chopped green onions or peanuts and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Serve with additional chili flakes if you prefer a spicier dish.
Note: Like many pasta dishes, once this dish sits for a little while, it can stiffen up and absorb the sauce. Use your pasta water to loosen the pasta back up if needed.