Veggie Pad Thai with Tofu and a Ginger-Almond Butter Sauce

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Before making this dish, I debated whether to use egg or tofu. Since I was making this for my significant other, who has never tried tofu, I was hesitant. However, it wasn’t a long debate. I figured if he didn’t like the tofu – more for me! I was using Trader Joe’s marinated, extra firm tofu, which I find to be absolutely delicious for tofu standards.

For the sauce, I sadly did not measure this. I’ve learned to have fun with sauces, either using recipes as guides or having made so many sauces this summer, I have an understanding of what ingredients you need more/less of. For the ginger-almond butter sauce, I did a generous amount of minced ginger, probably 1″ chunk. I also used two cloves of garlic, a little rice vinegar, almond butter, agave, liquid aminos and water to create the desired consistency. I easily used 1/3-1/2 c almond butter. I probably had 2 tsp- 1 Tbls of aminos (it was a bit salty, my almond butter was raw though; always use less or omit salt if using salted nut butters). And 1-2 Tbls of sweetener. Basically, for my sauces, I prefer a heavier ‘fat’ i.e. oil or butter. Next is vinegar, sweetener, then aminos/soy sauce. Always start small, taste, and add whatever your taste buds want you to add!

In a skillet, I sautéed the tofu, carrots, onion, red pepper and broccoli. To this I added rice noodles and the ginger-almond sauce. I topped the dish with fresh cilantro and sriracha. The only thing that my dining companion did not like was the cilantro…the tofu was a hit! Hoorah!

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Raw Pad Thai

Turn your printers on folks, because this one is worth saving. I know raw can be intimidating and disappointing. I promise this Pad Thai is anything but. The flavors in the sauce come at you in waves. A little ginger, then some nuttiness, then a hint of heat. It is absolutely lovely and couldn’t be easier to make. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 red pepper

sauce

  • 4 tbls almond butter
  • 1/2″ piece ginger
  • 1 Tbls Bragg’s amino acids
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbls agave
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 c water
  1. Spiralize zucchini and carrot
  2. Chop pepper
  3. Process sauce until you reach your desired consistency

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