Thursday, October 4, 2012

What's For Dinner Tonight?

Tonight I am making one of my all time favorites,  Phad Thai! It is gluten, dairy, soy and egg free.  It is great even without the peanuts. You can add fried egg and chopped peanuts if you can have them. I am surprised that I don't even miss the egg or peanuts when I make this version.  I especially love how easy it is.

This comes from "Quick and Easy Thai Cuisine" (see side bar for this cookbook). I love Thai food, and this is always a huge hit at our house. It is also really easy to make.

8oz dried rice noodles
3T oil
1 clove garlic
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup fish sauce (Thai Kitchen brand is GF)
1/4 cup sugar (I use granulated maple)
1 TBS paprika
1 green onion chopped
1 cup bean sprouts
2 carrots sliced like matchsticks
1 red pepper cut like match sticks
cilantro, lime and hot pepper flakes to garnish

Soak rice noodles in water (submerged) for at least 3o minutes. Heat frying pan until hot. Add garlic, and chicken. Reduce temperature if necessary. Drain noodles and add to pan. Also, add carrot and red bell pepper. Stir fry until noodles are translucent, adding a small amount of water if required. When noodles are soft, add fish sauce, sugar and paprika. Throughly combine and  stir for a few minutes. Garnish with bean sprouts, green onions, cilantro and hot pepper flakes (if desired). Serve with 1/4 of lime squeezed over top. You may add chopped peanuts if you can tolerate them. You can also had stir fried egg if you'd like.

Tonight I cut up the carrot, bell pepper and green onion ahead of time. I cooked up the chicken, and mixed the garlic, fish sauce,paprika and sugar in a mug. I soaked the noodles while we enjoyed a walk in the sunshine. When I got home I cooked the veggies, and noodles, added the chicken to warm it up, and the sauce. It took only about 10 minutes to make it ready.

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