Vegetable Pad Thai

Have you ever talked yourself into not liking something? Ya know… like told yourself that there was no way in hay-yell you were going to think about possibly accepting, enjoying or wearing something? I, for some freakish reason, do that all the time! I guess I’m what you call stubborn… although I refuse to believe it. Oh wait.

Today, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things, that over my lifetime I’ve talked myself out of liking… only to find out I LOVE IT! Ready?

First it was ballet flats… until I saw them on my friend Heidi’s feet a few years back did I even give them a second thought! They make my feet look tiny… and I like that in a shoe.

Secondly it was skinny Jeans {that look great with the ballet flats btw}. I was one of those “Isn’t 30 too old to be wearing those?” and also I kept thinking of how in the 80’s we’d pin our jeans with safety pins, and how could that possibly be cool now? Well, it took me a year and my best friend to literally threw a pair of them at me… before I could even consider that I just may like them. And I do… I really do. It’s all I wear now. Weird.

Thirdly and sadly it was cheese cake. As a kid I thought it contained cheddar. What a loser.

The fourth thing was the whole Twilight trilogy. I think it was a combination of not wanting to believe all the hype… and the whole vampire thing. I was wrong… totally dead wrong! Ps I’m totally team Edward… just so you know.

Number 5… Pad Thai. I have no reason for this one. Except pure disillusionment. Who could hate a dish sprinkled with crushed peanuts? duh.


I hope you enjoy my healthy interpretation of Pad Thai!

I know it looks like a lot. Don’t be scurrred… it’s easy, I promise!

Peel a carrot or two, and slice on an angle.

Wash the snow peas. Are you supposed to trim off those stem-y things? I didn’t… whoopsies?

Slice the pepper into strips.

Trim off the stem and slice the mushrooms.

Mince up the two small cloves of garlic.

Throw a half cup of lightly salted peanuts into a mini food processor, or {if you need to work out some aggression} chop by hand, until they are fine little granules then set aside.

To make the sauce, you’ll want to combine {in a small bowl} the peanut oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar and squeeze the half of a lemon. I would have included the picture of me squeezing the lemon, but my hand looked really odd… and dead. I didn’t want to scare you.

Add the honey, tamari and sriracha.

Plop in the quarter cup of smooth peanut butter.

And whisk your heart out until well blended.

Throw your rice noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit as the package has directed, usually 8-10 minutes.

Add about a tablespoon of peanut oil to a hot wok.

Throw in all the veggies and listen to them sizzle. Cook, stirring occasionally for 6-7 minutes.

Throw in the water chestnuts and cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Add in the garlic last and cook for one minute,

Pour in the peanut sauce.

Drain the rice noodles well and add them directly into the wok.

Toss to get the noodles coated.

I could curl up with this wok of pad and not think anything of it… except the whole idea of a blazing hot wok burning the crud out of my lap; otherwise I’d so be there!

Garnish with a little or a lot of the ground peanuts and torn cilantro.

Believe me, it’s so much better than take out… and it’s so simple and quick, the hardest part for me was deciding if I should continue snapping photos or un-hinge my jaw and slide it off the plate and into my mouth!


Vegetable Pad Thai

Yield: serves 4-6


1 package Stir Fry Rice Noodles

1 small {or half of a large} Red Bell Pepper, sliced into strips

1 Carrot, peeled and sliced thinly on an angle

1 cup Snow Peas

2 small Garlic Cloves, minced

4-5 Mushrooms, sliced

1 can Water Chestnuts, drained

1/2 cup Peanuts, ground, for garnish

Cilantro, for garnish

for the sauce:

3 tablespoons Peanut Oil, plus a tablespoon for your wok

1-1/2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar

1 tablespoon Sesame Oil

1 tablespoon Tamari

Juice of half a lemon

4 teaspoons Honey

1 teaspoon Sriracha or your favorite spicy chili sauce

1/4 cup Natural Smooth Peanut Butter


Prep all vegetables before you do anything. Having everything prepared will help save time while making this dish up!

Add all the sauce ingredients into a small bowl, whisk to combine.

Bring some water to boil, pour over the rice noodles and let sit for 8-10 minutes. {or follow your package directions}

To a hot wok or non-stick pan, heat up a tablespoon of the peanut oil. To the hot oil, add the vegetables... stir until starting to brown but not lose color, about 6-7 minutes. Add water chestnuts and garlic, stir for one minute. Pour in sauce, stir and then add the noodles. Toss together and then serve up a plate with a sprinkle of the ground peanuts and torn cilantro leaves.

*I have to add, this recipes served hot is Ahhhh-mazing, but the left overs weren't as delicious as it was fresh out the wok. Just keepin' it real folks.

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37 Responses to “Vegetable Pad Thai”

  1. #
    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — January 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Good gosh all mighty, YES.

  2. #
    Blog is the New Black — January 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Glad you made yourself love it because I want to try your recipe! Gorgeous photos!

  3. #
    Cassie/Bake Your Day — January 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    That's an awesome 'resolution' of sorts. I need to do the same thing. I had the same thing going on with skinny jeans until about two months ago, now I'm hooked. Although I love pad thai, I'm sure I could make a list of things that I really want to like. Thanks for the inspiration. This looks incredible!

  4. #
    Maria — January 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I want this now!

  5. #
    Amanda — January 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I've yet to even try on a pair of skinny jeans, as I've convinced myself that they'll make my hips look big. Flats, on the other hand, I was so quick to buy. I have no tolerance for the pain that comes with wearing heels!

    Pad Thai is one of my favorite meals. Your recipe sounds fantastic!

  6. #
    unorthodoxepicure — January 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Oh wow! This is going into my recipe file!

  7. #
    Aarthi — January 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    so easy peasy recipe..bookmarked to try out..Happy New Year Laurie..

  8. #
    Marisa — January 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Oh so excited about this post! Was JUST saying to my husband this weekend that we need to find a good Thai rest. Cuz I love Pad Thai! Soo definitely gonna try this recipe! Looks amazing! Thanks!

  9. #
    Tiffany — January 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Ah, I'd eat this every day of the year! 😀

  10. #
    Nichole — January 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    first…are you wearing skinny jeans, ballet flats AND eating this? (jk). Great post and pics and now I shall go make this!

  11. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    can i come to dinner at YOUR house?! 🙂

  12. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I am with you on the skinny jeans – finally gave in and tried them about a month ago!
    LOVE Pad Thai! This looks wonderful

  13. #
    guessimarunner — January 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I love pad thai! I never make it because the ingredient list is always so long, but it looks pretty simple. I'm excited to try it!

  14. #
    Deanna — January 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I started out as someone who liked Twilight, but it was before they really exploded. Harry Potter > Twilight. I love pad thai, and I think with some tofu it would really be a super well rounded meal.

  15. #
    Margaret Murphy Tripp — January 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Oh boy, oh boy! One of my favorite things and I haven't had it in so long! I've always thought of it as a mysterious dish, but you made it look so easy.

  16. #
    Shutterbug — January 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    it looks so good! wish i could have some. if only i wasn't allergic to peanuts!

  17. #
    Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny — January 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Mmm what a great recipe, sounds amazing!! Happy New Year! xoxo

  18. #
    Stephanie — January 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I love pad thai and I've never made it myself at home! Definitely adding this to my list!

  19. #
    Karen — January 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Ha! Love your list! I too have an aversion to skinny jeans, but I haven't gotten over it yet. I'd like to, since that's all that's out there, but I'm holding onto my straight legs!
    The pad thai looks perfect…flavors are making my mouth water!

  20. #
    Krissy's Creations — January 3, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Pad Thai is a great thing to start liking! I love it, and I especially love homemade versions. I've been looking for a veggie version and yours look delicious! Can't wait to give it a try 🙂

  21. #
    Emily — January 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Oh i love ballet flats. when i am lazy i use spaghetti noodles for pad Thai – not the same at all as rice noodles. the looks beyond delicious!

  22. #
    RavieNomNoms — January 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    You are too funny! I have to say I was a skinny jean non-lover. Whilst I still think my back side could use a little "skinny-ing", they are just so much easier to find these days ;-)…

    Your pad thai looks sensational! I just have to try it. I am a big fan of pad thai, yumilicious!

  23. #
    nikev — January 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I order Pad Thai constantly at a local restaurant. It is actually on my list of new dishes to try to make in January. Perfect timing!

  24. #
    24 — January 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Your stunning photography makes me want to get into the kitchen and make this! I may have to for tonight's dinner. 🙂 Definitely buzzing.

  25. #
    Ambika — January 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Congrats on the top 9!! I love pad thai! But I can never order it because it always contains fish sauce 🙁 This recipe is a keepre!

  26. #
    Lizzy T — January 5, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Just found and love your blog. You inspired me with the Pb pretzel kisses (and Im sure I gained 4 lbs from them). I'm going to try this pad Thai. If I wanted to add chicken, how do you recommend cooking it? Thanks!

  27. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 5, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Lizzy T~ I would stir-fry it in the oil first before the veggies… it shouldn't take to long if the wok {or pan} is hot! 🙂

  28. #
    FoodEpix — January 5, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

  29. #
    Wanna Be A Country Cleaver — January 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Team Edward? Really, Laurie. I don't think we can be friends anymore…. Because I'm totally Team Jacob!!

    I'm glad you finally hopped a ride on the Pad Thai Train, because you have missed out for far too long. This looks beautiful. ~Megan

  30. #
    dvaaunaturel — January 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Delish!!! Yummy!!! Awesome!! Seriously, this was so good. Had it last night for dinner. Definitely keeping this as a part of my recipe rotation since I love Pad Thai.

  31. #
    Steph — January 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    This was very good, hubby approved 🙂

  32. #
    Morrie Hudiburg — January 19, 2012 at 1:27 am


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