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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Pad Thai is a very popular Thai dish traditionally made with rice noodles. This recipe replaces the rice noodles with spaghetti squash, replacing refined grains with a nutritious vegetable. Spaghetti squash also has about 5 times less calories than most noodles or pasta! This recipe is based off of an authentic Pad Thai recipe from Basil Cookery School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

Here are some possible substitutions. You can use more authentic ingredients if you can find them – check international markets:

  • Use rice noodles instead of spaghetti squash – but it won’t be as healthy! Or replace 1/2 of the spaghetti squash with rice noodles
  • Use oyster sauce instead of tamari/soy sauce
  • Use 2 tablespoons of tamarind paste instead of lime juice and brown sugar. This is a very unique flavor that is critical to authentic pad Thai.
  • To make this dish vegetarian, substitute the fish sauce for tamari/soy sauce or another fish sauce alternative and do not substitute oyster sauce for tamari/soy sauce.
  • To make this dish vegan, make it vegetarian (above) and omit the eggs.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 50 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Diabetic
Meal type Main Dish
Adapted from an authentic Pad Thai recipe from Thailand, this recipe replaces rice noodles with spaghetti squash, which has about 5 times less calories!

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 14oz firm or extra firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Optional

  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • crushed peanuts
  • lime wedges

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil and roast on a baking sheet, cut side down, for 35-45 minutes, or until tender. Set aside to cool.
Step 2
Meanwhile, drain tofu and cut in half lengthwise. Place slices between towels and place a heavy item such as a cast iron pan on top to press out excess moisture. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Step 3
Once spaghetti squash has cooled, use a fork to shred the flesh into strands. Set aside.
Step 4
Heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add remaining oil, then shallots and garlic. Cook until fragrant, 30-60 seconds.
Step 5
Add tofu to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until most sides are browned, about 8 minutes.
Step 6
Push tofu to one side of the pan and crack eggs into the open space. Stir until cooked, then add spaghetti squash, carrots, and bean sprouts. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes or until sprouts start to wilt.
Step 7
Mix tamari or soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Add to pan and stir to coat everything. Remove from heat and add optional garnishes.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Eggplant Lasagna Rolls (from Minimalist Baker)

Eggplant Lasagna Rolls | Healthy, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free

This recipe is straight from Minimalist Baker, an amazing recipe resource. People that dislike both tofu and eggplant have said they liked this recipe. You will be amazed how much the tofu tastes like ricotta. This recipe is much healthier than typical lasagna, which is made with refined grains (noodles), lots of dairy (cheese), and not much vegetables. With this recipe, you get at least a couple servings of vegetables along with some plant-based protein. It is also easier to make (and eat) rolls rather than a whole layered eggplant lasagna.

 

Eggplant Lasagna Rolls (from Minimalist Baker)

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish
Website Minimalist Baker
An easier approach to lasagna made of vegetables. Completely plant-based and free of refined grains!

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants, sliced into 12 1/4 inch slices lengthwise
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 12oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed for 10 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 cups marinara sauce

vegan parmesan (Optional)

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch garlic powder

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Step 2
Salt eggplant slices and let sit for 15 minutes to release the bitter juices. Rinse and lay to dry between two towels with something heavy on top to press out excess moisture.
Step 3
Arrange eggplant slices on 1-2 baking sheets in a single layer and bake for 13-15 minutes. Set aside and lower oven temperature to 375°F.
Step 4
To make vegan parmesan, pulse cashews, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic powder until the cashews are finely minced.
Step 5
To make tofu ricotta, combine tofu, 1/4 cup vegan parmesan (optional), nutritional yeast, basil, lemon juice, oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until it resembles ricotta cheese. Adjust flavors if necessary.
Step 6
Pour about 1 cup of marinara into a casserole dish. Scoop about 1/3 cup of tofu mixture into each eggplant slice and roll up. Place into the casserole dish seam side down and repeat with remaining eggplant. Pour more marinara over the top.
Step 7
Bake for 15-23 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and eggplant is starting to brown. Serve with optional extra vegan parmesan and fresh basil leaves.
Eggplant Lasagna Rolls | Healthy, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free

 

Tahini Cucumber Noodles

Cucumber Tahini Bowl

Put a twist on traditional salad and enjoy it in the form of “noodles!” With all the components of a salad (raw vegetables, dressing, and a healthy protein), this recipe is hearty enough to fill you up but light enough to keep you from feeling sluggish. It is a perfect meal to make ahead and bring to work or school for lunch.

Recipe inspired by Inspiralized.

Tahini Cucumber Noodles

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Website Inspiralized
Put an exciting *spin* on traditional salad and turn it into "noodles"! Simple combine cucumber, carrots, tofu and a delicious creamy dressing for a tasty lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce package firm tofu, drained
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 English cucumbers (about 6 cups)
  • 2 carrots, peeled (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 stalks green onion, sliced (for garnish)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2
Cut tofu into 3 slices and place between two towels. Place a heavy object such as a cast iron skillet on top to squeeze out the moisture and let sit for 15 minutes, if possible.
Step 3
Cut tofu into cubes and toss with tamari. Let sit for 15 minutes, if possible. Place tofu cubes on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turning once, or until slightly crisp on the outside.
Step 4
Meanwhile, use a spiral slicer to cut the cucumber and carrots into noodles. Alternatively, use a julienne peeler to cut vegetables into long strips.
Step 5
In a small blender or food processor, combine remaining ingredients to make the dressing. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. The dressing should be thin enough to pour but not too watery. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Step 6
In 4 bowls, divide the cucumber, carrots, and tofu. Toss with dressing and serve cold. Garnish with green onion (and sesame seeds if desired).
Step 7
If making this recipe ahead of time for individual meals, portion out the vegetables and tofu into containers. Before serving, pour out any excess water that has been released from the cucumbers. Store the dressing separately and combine just prior to serving.

Cucumber Tahini Bowl

Cucumber Tahini Bowl