Hello friends and HAPPY SEPTEMBER!
I’m actually super excited for the fall. It’s going to be great. Leaves falling, cozy sweaters, pumpkin goodies, fall TV season premieres, and NFL Football! Sounds like a good time to me!
What are YOU looking forward to this fall?
Over the weekend, I went out to dinner with my friends, and we went to a cute Thai restaurant on the Lower East Side. And let me tell you – their pad thai dishes looked SO DELICIOUS! But unfortunately, on the Specific Carb Diet — those slurpy noodles are not permitted.
So – come Sunday, I decided to try my hand at creating an SCD-legal version of pad thai, and ladies and gentlemen, it did NOT disappoint!!
Oh my gosh, this was outrageously delicious! A rich, creamy and tangy peanut sauce luxuriously smothering crunchy veggies and slurpy zucchini noodles!
It was absolutely heavenly.
Plus! It’s Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly and Paleo!
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 1)
1 zucchini – spiralized
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 carrot, sliced into match sticks
5 mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 avocado, cubed
1/2 mango, cubed
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
8 cashews, chopped
fresh cilantro, chopped
2 heaping Tbsp peanut (or almond) butter
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
juice of 1 lime
8 drops pure liquid stevia (or 2 tsp honey)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 Tbsp water
Spiralizer (or Mandoline)
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
Small mixing bowl
Small bowl of ice water
Nonstick Frying pan
Tinfoil (I use nonstick and it’s a game changer)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. “Noodlize” your zucchini with either a spiralizer, mandolin, or a vegetable peeler. Place your zucchini noodles on a tin foil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet. Spread the zoodles out as evenly as possible. Sprtiz with olive oil. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until soft and pliable.
Meanwhile, combine your sauce ingredients and set aside.
Next, prep all your veggies. Place your thinly sliced onions in a small bowl or glass of ice water. (Soaking them like this takes away that harsh “onion-y” bite). In a frying pan, brown your mushrooms by placing them in a single layer with 1 Tbsp EVOO. Let them sit for 3 minutes, untouched, and then flip and let the other side brown for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat, place them on a separate plate and set aside. Then, saute your red pepper and garlic in 1 Tbsp EVOO for about 3 minutes, until bright red, but still crunchy. Drain your onions after about 10 minutes.
To assemble, toss your zucchini noodles with the veggies, avocado, mango and peanut sauce. Garnish with your chopped cashews and cilantro.
Wow. Wow. Wow! What a meal!! Now, I know this sauce isn’t technically a pad thai sauce, but holy cow it was so magnificent! I could have bathed in it! haha! It was rich and creamy, peanutty and slightly sweet and tangy! Combined with the fresh cilantro, chewy mushrooms and crunchy veggies, it was a perfect 10!
And I don’t know about you, but I love zucchini noodles. But there’s a catch: I like them when they’re cooked and pliable. I’m not really a fan of cold, raw zucchini noodles. I find that when they’re warm and “twirl-able,” they really do take on a spaghetti like feel and taste.
They’re perfect for people who can’t have grains, are Lo-Carb, or just looking for a healthy alternative to spaghetti!
The avocado gave a beautiful buttery note to the dish, and the mango was the perfect burst of juicy sweetness! It went fabulously with the peanutty sauce and bright lime juice!
Finally, it was a truly beautiful dish. All the colors just jumped off the plate!
What are you looking forward to this fall!?
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31 responses to “Paleo Pad Thai!”
Wow, that looks good! And so much healthier than normal pad Thai! 😻
Thank you Paula! It is definitely a delicious treat! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Does this recipe turn out spicy considering it Thai or is it mild….didnt see the heat in the ingredients
Nope very mild! More like tangy peanut noodles than pad Thai to be honest! But you can add the heat with spices if you so choose! Hugs and love xox
The avacados and mushrooms are making my mouth water! XD Gotta save this one!
power to the local dreamer ||-//
Aw thanks! Avocados are my weakness! Haha Hugs and love xox
Oooh! This looks so good! Saving this recipe ( thank you so much!) And can’t wait to try it! YUM!
Thanks Laura! I hope you love it as much as I did!!! Hugs and love xox
Thanks for the recipe. I love to experiment with different flavors-avocados, cilantro, mango are so delicious.
Thanks!! I so agree! I love avocado with cilantro! It is just so fresh and buttery! YUM! So glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
Caralyn, it looks delicious. I want to make it! Hugs and love!
Hey thanks! I hope you try it! It was such a delicious and colorful meal! And healthy too! Hugs and love xox
My Fav food yummy
Hey thanks! Yeah me too!! Anything with peanut butter or avocado is a ten in my book! Hugs and love xox
Nice the best ever you know what? Avo toast … so deliii
This looks soooooo good!!!
I’m looking forward to hoodies and jeans again!! Fall is my favorite season and with my little one cheering now, being outside with a hoodie and jeans, rooting for her as she roots for her team will be soo nice!!!
Thanks Shell!! It was delightful! Oh I love a good hoodie! Aw so fun!!! Hugs and love xox
Whoa does this look awesome! Gonna need to try this. Thank you for posting!!!!! 😀
Thanks so much Stiina!! So glad you think so! Hugs and love xox
while cooking is not something on the top of my wish list. your writing is so well done that i was compelled this post and shared your recipe with my significant other. You know your my hero blogger. Do you sponsor guests posts?
Oh gosh thank you so much!! Holy cow you’re too kind thanks Bruce. At the moment I’m not taking guest posts but if that changes I’ll certainly let you know!! Hugs and love xox
Another great post!
🙂 Thank you!!! Hope oyu’re having a great weekend! hugs xo
Well this looks like another winner. Ingredients look like a great mix. We will have to try this. Looking at the Fall. There is not a season that would not be great in your presence. Lol
Aw thank you so much! it was a real treat! that sauce was legitttttt 🙂 hehe hugs xox
As a nutritionist, I love how you say this colorful, nutritious recipe is “carb friendly” because when did carbs become the enemy? Carbs are essential to a healthy life (as well as our brain which survives on glucose, a carb, 🙂 I can’t wait to try this sometime, sounds so yummy!!!
Thanks Ellie! You’re so right! Carbs are not the enemy!! they are delicious and part of a balanced lifestyle! 🙂 thanks so much 🙂 big hugs xo
You’re so cute! Love this post and it’s GF?! 😍💝✨
aww thank you! yes!! gluten and grain free! glad you stopped by! hugs xo