chicken & shrimp pad thai with gluten free noodles

One thing that I’ve realized living in Nashville is that I miss food from home (Cincinnati). There are a handful of ‘regional’ foods that you just can’t get in the south- Skyline, Frisch’s, Dewey’s, Cloud 9, but one thing that I miss often is a Thai restaurant called Teak. Their Pad Thai is INCREDIBLE…. But also not very diet friendly. So, when Adri, a friend from home posted a healthier version of my favorite dish, I knew what my Sunday would consist of. I adapted the recipe a little bit from what Adri sent me, so feel free to do the same to mine.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken (shredded) or Shrimp (I added both) I used chicken breasts and frozen gulf shrimp.
  • Gluten Free, Brown rice noodles (Adri used Spaghetti squash), you could also use flat rice noodles.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 limes
  • Black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper
  • 1 drizzle sirracha

Add-In Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, scrambled
  • 1 red pepper, minced
  • 1 yellow pepper, minced
  • 1 orange pepper, minced
  • Green onion, chopped
  • Cilantro
  • Crushed Peanuts

 

Instructions:

  1. Bring salted water to a boil in a stock pot. Add chicken. Let chicken boil until cooked, drain water and shred. **An easy  way to shred chicken- While chicken is still warm, place in mixing bowl and use an electric mixer. It’s a fast, easy way to tackle one of my least favorite cooking tasks. **
  2. Prepare shrimp as packaged. Set aside.
  3. Add salted water to original stock part and bring to a boil. Add Noodles. Cook 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Heat skillet, add 3 eggs, scramble. Set aside.
  5. Use a food chopper to mince red, yellow, and orange pepper. (Or, just chop very fine)
  6. Wisk all sauce ingredients in medium bowl. When ingredients are well-mixed, add ½ the mixture to a deep skillet and let simmer for 1 minute. Add chicken, shrimp, pasta, eggs, chopped peppers and the rest of the sauce mixture. Vigorously mix.
  7. Top with cilantro, chopped green onion, and crushed peanuts.
  8. Serve hot.
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Why this works:  While there isn’t a huge difference between the calories, fat, and carbs, there is a significant difference in the amount of sodium which causes bloating and the feeling of over-indulgence.

Brown Rice Noodles:

  • Calories 200
  • Total Fat 1.5g-2%
  • Sodium 0mg-0%
  • Carbohydrates 43g-14%
  • Protein 4g

Regular Pad Thai Noodles:

  • Calories 240
  • Total Fat 2g
  • Sodium 740mg
  • Carbohydrates 48 g
  • Protein 5g

The recipe has a fair amount of protein with the chicken, eggs and shrimp and gives you the availability to sneak in quite a few vegetables. I chose to add 3 colored peppers, It would have been fine to add more.

Thanks Adri for the meal inspiration! It was the perfect alternative to one of my favorite dishes!!

Cheers,

S.L

 

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