As she withdraws from takeout addiction, guest blogger
Erin Gahagan overcomes a kitchen tantrum to master Pad Thai.
That’s good, right? Good for my health, my wallet, and building-my-life skills (see previous post re: onion). But boy, do I miss delivery. Ordering out meant yummy food with zero prep and practically no cleanup—everything a (not-so) secretly lazy girl like me needs. Ah, those were the days.
But back to Reality, PA. Last week, I was so mad about cooking dinner that I stomped around the kitchen like a toddler, slamming cabinets and clanging pans. I was tired, hungry, and the recipe I’d picked—not from The Vegan Cheat Sheet—turned out to be way more complicated than I’d thought. In the end, I didn’t even want to eat it, because all I could taste was fury.
A few days later, sanity restored, I revisited The Vegan Cheat Sheet’s No-Brainer Recipes. Then I saw it. . .Pad Thai—one of the items I missed ordering the most—and two marvelous words in the description: “super-simple.” I wept with joy (ok, that’s not true, but I felt like it).
The simplicity and healthfulness of the recipe is great, but the even better news is that it tastes unbelievable. My fiancé inhaled his bowl, saying, “This feels like a treat—like something you’d order.” In more good news, since this recipe makes four servings, we had leftovers, which I enjoyed even more the next day.
“Pad Thai!” I exclaimed, thrilled that I actually had a good answer.
“Really?” she said, “I’ve had that in restaurants but I didn’t know you could make it at home.”
“Oh yes, it’s super easy!” I heard myself say, like I’d been doing this for years. Fake it ‘til you make it, right?
Pad Thai (p 106)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, chopped
1 (16-ounce) package Thai rice noodles, cooked according to package instructions
3 cups broccoli florets, steamed in microwave for 2–4 minutes
¼ cup fresh cilantro
¼ cup chopped peanuts or other nuts (optional)
Toss noodles with sauce and broccoli. Top with cilantro and add peanuts, if desired.
Thai one on with Erin onTwitter at @Erin1217.