Pad Thai {Paleo}

I'm all about new Paleo recipes right now!! Bring 'em on. One of my oldest friends in life knows this about me and shared a recipe that she came up with for Pad Thai. If you know me {and she knows me} I love-love-LOVE Pad Thai. She instructed me that the basic premise for the recipe is a protein, veggies, egg, lime, and almond butter. Now having made it, I will agree that basically, if you work around that, the possibilities are pretty much endless. I am seriously in Pad Thai HEAVEN. I am forcing myself not to not eat the whole thing... and I totally can't wait to make this again. So, here goes:

Pad Thai {Paleo}


ingredients

A protein {chicken breast, shrimp, any ground meat will work... I used chicken thighs}
Cabbage sliced like noodles {or for the lazy, ie me: a bag of fresh coleslaw mix}
Optional: Red/Green Peppers, Sliced onions, Mushrooms, Garlic
Sesame oil
1/2 tsp of "Chinese 5 spice" {can also use nutmeg and cinnamon}
Salt + Pepper
Juice of half of a lime
2 eggs
1 heaping tsp of almond butter
1 Tbl water
Finish with: red pepper flakes and sesame seeds

instructions

  1. Saute protein and vegg in "just enough" sesame oil 
  2. Season with 5spice and S+P
  3. Once veggies and chicken are cooked and seasoned, finish with the juice of half a lime
  4. Crack eggs in and lightly scramble
  5. Mix almond butter with a little water to thin it out to a sauce, then add into pan and mix well
  6. Finish with red pepper flakes{adds heat!} and sesame seeds 

notes

  • So, I don't have Chinese 5 spice in my repoirtoire, and I used cinn/nutmeg- that being said, the flavor was slightly off. It was a little too sweet-spicy. Aka, cinnamonny. Or nutmeggy. Or something. Either way, because I fully intend to make this again, I fully intend on visiting Penzey's to get myself some 5 spice. 
  • I used about 3/4 of the bag of Cole Slaw mix - it worked perfectly fine, I wouldn't bother actually slicing cabbage.
  • For veggies, I cut up 1 red bell pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 small yellow onion, probably a half cup of baby bellas, and threw in a little minced garlic. 
  • Because I used chicken thighs, I baked them separately {425 for 25-30 mins} I put a little sesame oil on them, S+P and a dash of red pepper flakes. Skin didn't really crisp up, which I was bummed about, but I wasn't planning on eating it anyways so it didn't matter. Next time I will probably try shrimps. Mmm. 


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