Monday, January 24, 2011

Pad Thai - My Version!

My daughter India has been placed on a restricted diet to try and clear up any excess candida from her system and to basically 'cleanse' her system of a lot of the junk that she has built up in it - so since she's on a no wheat, no dairy, no yeasts and sugars diet, I decided that it would be good for all of us to participate and support her....of course that means that I have to make some serious adjustments to some of my regular recipes!

Since I had some leftover chicken from the Moroccan Chicken & Quinoa dish that I made on Friday night, I thought why not pad thai?  This is not exactly a traditional version, but one that is DELICIOUS and got two thumbs up from all members of the family!

6 3/4 cups of water, divided
1/2 pound of uncooked rice flour noodles
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce ( I used Braggs since there's no wheat in it)
2 tbsp agave syrup (or you could use brown sugar)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 lb skinned, boned chicken breast, cut into 1" strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup green onions, sliced into 1" pieces
2 tsp paprika
2 cups fresh pea or bean sprouts
lime juice

  • Place the uncooked noodles in a large bowl and boil the 6 cups of water.  Pour over the noodles and leave for 4 to 5 minutes (stirring slightly to ensure the noodles are immersed in the water).  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Place back in bowl and set aside.
  • Combine 3/4 cup water, soy sauce and agave syrup.  Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp EVOO in stir-fry pan or wok over medium-high heat.  Add eggs; stir fry 1 minute.  Add eggs to the bowl of noodles.
  • Heat 1 tsp EVOO in pan, add chicken and garlic and stir-fry for 5 minutes.  Add to the bowl of noodles.
  • Heat 1 tsp EVOO in pan and add onions and paprika; stir-fry for 3 minutes.  Add to the bowl of noodles.
  • Heat the soy sauce mixture in the pan and add noodles mixture; cook for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.  Remove from heat, toss with sprouts and serve.  Squeeze a wedge of lime over each dish and ENJOY!
**You can add peeled and deveined shrimp to this dish!  Just stir-fry with the green onions!!**
**It is also nice to top each plate with some chopped cilantro and chopped peanuts for a truly authentic taste!**
**Since Greg and I like our food spicy and we aren't technically on this diet, I added a liberal amount of sambal oelek to each of our dishes!!!  YUM!**

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