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Vegetable Pad Thai Dinner in 30 Minutes

Vegetable Pad Thai is full of flavor, easily customized with your favorite veggies, and ready for the dinner table in about 30 minutes!

Vegetable Pad Thai is full of flavor, easily customized with your favorite veggies, and ready for the dinner table in about 30 minutes!

Vegetable Pad Thai is delicious for lunch and dinner!

Thai food is a cuisine that I haven’t had much experience in eating or cooking. For a short period of time, I worked next to a Thai restaurant and the smells were always tantalizing. I tried a few different dishes – one of them being Vegetable Pad Thai. The owner made a milder version for me to start with as I can’t handle overly spicy food. You can adjust the spiciness to your liking of this recipe by adding jalapenos or Sriracha, too!

This recipe calls for rice noodles. You can choose brown or white. It’s all a personal preference. The brown typically offers more protein and fiber. I didn’t include bean sprouts, but they are often included. My family isn’t overly fond of them, but personally, I love them!

A typical Thai dish includes five flavors – salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy. If they don’t include all five of these aspects, then it’s not considered satisfying. Rice is more commonly used and can be used interchangeably with the noodles.

Vegetable Pad Thai is full of flavor, easily customized with your favorite veggies, and ready for the dinner table in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients & Tools to Make Vegetable Pad Thai:

  • Rice noodles (brown or white)
  • Sesame oil
  • Shallot
  • Green onions
  • Carrot
  • Red pepper
  • Eggs
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Limes
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Honey
  • Fish sauce
  • Tamari or coconut aminos
  • Rice vinegar
  • Lime juice
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Garlic chili sauce
  • Large pot
  • Non-stick skillet
  • Spatula

How to Make Vegetable Pad Thai:

Prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Rinse under cool water and set aside.

While waiting for the water to boil for the rice noodles, add the sauce ingredients to a small skillet set over medium-low heat. Stir continually until the peanut butter is melted and the sauce is heated through, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add the sesame oil to a large non-stick skillet set over medium heat. Add the shallot, white part of the green onions, carrots, and red pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp tender and develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet with a spatula. Add the whisked eggs to the other side. Cook, stirring and chopping frequently with the spatula, until the eggs are cooked through and broken into very small pieces, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Add the prepared rice noodles, one-third cup chopped peanuts, and the warm sauce to the skillet and stir to combine.

Transfer to individual serving dishes and top with the remaining roasted peanuts, green onion tops, and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately with lime wedges and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired, on the side. Enjoy!

Vegetable Pad Thai is full of flavor, easily customized with your favorite veggies, and ready for the dinner table in about 30 minutes!
Vegetable Pad Thai is full of flavor, easily customized with your favorite veggies, and ready for the dinner table in about 30 minutes!

Vegetable Pad Thai

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Vegetable Pad Thai is full of flavor, easily customized with your favorite veggies, and ready for the dinner table in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients

Pad Thai Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. box rice noodles 
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil 
  • ½ medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 large green onions, sliced, white and green parts separated 
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks 
  • 1 medium red pepper, sliced
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts, chopped and divided
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 large limes, cut into wedges
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper flakes, jalapenos, or Sriracha, to serve

Sauce Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic chili sauce 

Instructions

Prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Rinse under cool water and set aside.

While waiting for the water to boil for the rice noodles, add the sauce ingredients to a small skillet set over medium-low heat. Stir continually until the peanut butter is melted and the sauce is heated through, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Add the sesame oil to a large non-stick skillet set over medium heat. Add the shallot, white part of the green onions, carrots, and red pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp tender and develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet with a spatula. Add the whisked eggs to the other side. Cook, stirring and chopping frequently with the spatula, until the eggs are cooked through and broken into very small pieces, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Add the prepared rice noodles, one-third cup chopped peanuts, and the warm sauce to the skillet and stir to combine.

Transfer to individual serving dishes and top with the remaining roasted peanuts, green onion tops, and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately with lime wedges and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired, on the side. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1862mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 5gSugar: 29gProtein: 13g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 5/17/2021

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Vegetable Pad Thai is full of flavor, easily customized with your favorite veggies, and ready for the dinner table in about 30 minutes!


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