The other night I wanted to try a new recipe, paleo of course, to potentially add to my meal rotation. I found this recipe out of one of my favorite paleo books “Well Fed: Paleo recipes for people who love to eat” by Melissa Joulwan. I have used this book so much that I have to use a binder clip to keep the pages from falling out. You can find many of her recipes that are in the book on her website, www.theclothesmakethegirl.com. I love her book because she makes eating paleo very easy. At least 2 times a week I spend prepping veggies and cooking any meat that I will need for my meals I am planning. I try to only cook 3 times a week and get at least 2 meals out of each recipe so I am not cooking daily. Since I had prepped some of the ingredients the previous day, while Z was napping it is always a race against time to get things done while he is sleeping, I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Here is the recipe: Pad Thai (paleo)
- 1 batch Sunshine Sauce (I doubled this recipe-had a little left over so I used it to season Z’s chicken for his lunch the next day. Or can use it for a salad dressing)
- 2 large eggs (3 extra-large from Costco)
- 2 tsp coconut aminos (4 tsp)
- 2 tsp + 1 tsp coconut oil (4 tsp +2)
- 1/2 medium onion thinly sliced about 1/2 cup (1 medium)
- 1 cup snap peas-thinly sliced lengthwise (didn’t have snap peas on hand, used 2 cups shredded cabbage and 1 cup steamed broccoli)
- 2 cups roasted spaghetti squash (4 cups)
- 6-8 ozs grilled/baked chicken breasts or thighs (about 16 oz of chicken breasts)
opt. garnishes: chopped toasted cashews or almonds, sunflower seeds, sliced scallions or minced cilantro
Sunshine Sauce (credit: Wel Fed book):
- 2 Tbl lime juice (4 Tbl)
- 1 clove garlic, minced (2)
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (kept it the same since I was going to fed Z too)
- 1 Tbl coconut aminos (2)
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (1/2)
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar (1 tsp)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter-no sugar added (used only 1/3 almond butter -raw)
- 1/4 coconut milk (1/2 cup)
- Combine all ingredients except the coconut milk into food processor until well blended
- add coconut milk, blend until it is smooth
The original recipe only serves 2, so I doubled the recipe, those numbers reflected to the right of the original ingredients.
Roasted spaghetti squash recipe (credit: Well Fed book):
oven temp: 375
1 spaghetti squash –
- cut in half lengthwise
- seeds scooped out
- cut side face down on baking dish
- fill baking dish with about 1/2 cup of water
- cover with foil
- bake 30-40 mins- the time can vary-start checking it at 30 mins and continue baking until the squash is fork tender
- once fork tender, let cool until able to handle, use fork to scrape the insides, will resemble spaghetti like noodles
Instructions for assembling the Pad Thai:
- scramble the eggs and coconut aminos together then pour into hot skillet with 3-4 tsp coconut oil
- let eggs spread out like a pancake, reduce heat to low and cover skillet for a couple of minutes until the bottom begins to brown, flip over and lightly brown other side.
- remove eggs from skillet and cut into strips with a sharp knife
- add 1-2 tsp coconut oil to same pan, saute onion and snap peas (or any type of veggie you want) until they are crisp-tender
- add spaghetti squash, chicken, and cooked egg to pan
- cook all ingredients until heated through about 3 minutes
- add the sunshine sauce to pan and stir until well blended
- sprinkle with desired garnishes and serve!
Here is what my Pad Thai turned out like:
It didn’t turn out quite like the picture in the book, it looks like a hot mess, but I promise you it tastes delicious. By the way, my husband hates when I use the term “hot mess”, so I try to use it as often as possible. 🙂 My one piece of advice would be to make sure you squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the spaghetti squash. I think that is why the recipe turned out looking like a “hot mess”.
I do have to share with you one last thing before I go. I subscribe to organic produce delivery company and in my box last week was a 1 lb 5 oz yellow onion and yes I weighed it. They told me I was going getting 1 lb of onions, but I didn’t realize it was just 1 onion that weighed over 1 pound.
Better call it a night, going to lose an hour of sleep tonight!
Don’t forget to change your clocks 1 hour forward!
Have you ever forgotten to change your clocks back during day light savings time? If so, did it make you late for something?