I was craving pad thai in a big way. Unfortunately that doesn’t bode well with my bathing suit diet, so I spent an hour pouting and looking at thai restaurant Instagrams, and then I told myself to stop being a baby and find a healthy solution.
I’m back on my sweet potato Spiralizer kick, and I decided to find a way to substitute real noodles for vegetable noodles, lighten up the sauce, and still keep me sane. This recipe was so, so good (and it gave me an excuse to use my brand new wedding pan!).Then again, I’m a sucker for anything with peanut butter..and this makes for some pretty amazing leftovers.
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into medium size noodles
- 1 tablespoon oil (like olive, coconut, canola, or sunflower)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 large red bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 jalapeno, cored and diced
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 6 green onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
- 15 ounces super firm tofu, pressed and diced into 1-inch squares
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons tamari or (soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot (or cornstarch)
Peanut Lime Dressing
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1 garlic clove
- 4 inches fresh ginger, peeled
- juice of 3 limes
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon water to thin
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the tofu in a large bowl and pour in the oil and tamari.
- Stir until the tofu is evenly coated then sprinkle the arrowroot (or cornstarch) on top and stir until well-combined. Spread the tofu out on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring half way through, until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, prepare the peanut-lime dressing by combining all ingredients in a food processor or a blender and blending on high until smooth. Add water one tablespoon at a time to thin, if needed.
- Next, warm 1 T of oil over low to medium heat in a large pot then add the garlic and jalapeno.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes then turn the heat up to medium add 1/4 cup coconut milk.
- Allow the milk to warm for a few minutes then add the red bell pepper and sweet potato noodles and stir together.
- Cover with a lid and cook for about 5-7 minutes.
- Next add the peanut-lime dressing, green onion, and tofu to the pot and stir everything together.
- Distribute into separate bowls for serving and top with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts.
- Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Source: Making Thyme for Health