Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kid Friendly Pad Thai

I am forever trying to introduce my kids to new foods.  This simple Pad Thai dish was a hit with my little ones.  Add more vegetables or some heat if your family likes it, this recipe is a good base.  Also on the plus side this dish is vegan and gluten free if you are trying to please people with food restrictions.

Pad Thai - serves 4
1/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter that you like)
7oz package of rice noodles (sometimes called rice sticks)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 clove garlic - finely mined
3 scallions - chopped
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cups bok choy finely sliced
2 Tbsp tamari sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
Salt - to taste
Chopped peanuts for garnish - optional

Prepare rice noodles according to package directions.  I like to break them up a bit before cooking so they are easier for kids to eat.
While the noodles cook, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and scallions and stir-fry for 2 minutes then add in bok choy and ginger continue cooking for 5 minutes. 
When noodles are done remove from water directly into skillet.  Use the cooking water to thin the peanut butter to a pourable consistency.
Add thinned peanut butter, tamari, and pepper to the noodle mixture and toss well to coat.  Add more cooking water if needed.  Taste and adjust seasons if needed.
Serve topped with peanuts if using.


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