No Chicken Vegan Pad Thai

I. Love. Pad. Thai. Love it! I've made one or two pad Thai dishes since becoming vegan. They were both super healthy and "noodle-free." While still good, I've decided that pad Thai is not to be messed with. It's meant to have noodles. It's meant to have chicken...well...grain-meat chicken. Vegan chicken. It's meant to have a rockin' sauce with cilantro and mung beans and crushed peanuts perched atop! Yum! This No Chicken Vegan Pad Thai has all that and a bag of chips. Featuring steamed broccoli and sliced grain-meat chicken. A robust homemade sauce coats the rice noodles, topped with crushed peanuts, mung beans and fresh cilantro. 

It's quick, simple and totally delicious. I have to make it in fairly small quantities or before I know it, I'll have devoured five servings of rice noodles. Two ounces per serving?! What is that? That seems pretty darn skimpy to me...that's all I'm saying. 

You have to try this. It's soooo good. One of my favorite dishes!

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No Chicken Vegan Pad Thai

Inspired by Vegetarian Ventures

Serves 2-3

  • --Sustenance--
  • 1 head of broccoli, florets only and chopped
  • 8 oz. dry stir-fry style rice noodles
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 vegan grain-meat chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • --Sauce--
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes
  • --Toppings--
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • crushed peanuts 
  • fresh bean sprouts

Begin by steaming the chopped broccoli until bright green and just tender. When ready, remove from heat and set aside until ready to use. 

padthai (1 of 10)Bring a medium pot of water to boil and follow the directions on the package for cooking the rice noodles. Usually this means once the water is boiling, add the noodles, remove from heat, cover and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside until ready to use.

padthai (2 of 10)While the noodles are doing their thing. Heat the oil in a large saute pan and and in the garlic and the sliced grain-meat chicken. Saute until the chicken is heated thoroughly and the garlic becomes fragrant. 

While the chicken is cooking, add all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. 

When the noodles are finished cooking, add them to the heated chicken.

padthai (4 of 10)Add in the broccoli and the sauce and stir everything over low heat for a minute or two to heat. 

Serve warm and topped with fresh cilantro and crushed peanuts!

padthai (7 of 10)Also, add fresh bean sprouts if you can find them. They're hard to come by where I'm at. 

padthai (6 of 10)Oh yes. Christmas Meditation โ€“ Jingle Bells Recipe Card

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