CMF Pad Thai Inspired

Pad Thai is noodle dish of stir-fried rice noodles with vegetables, peanuts, sprouts and a choice of meat.  One of the most well-known Thai dishes, it can be found at Thai restaurants around the world and roadside stands in Thailand. The balance of flavors and textures makes it so popular.

Thai food usually incorporates lemon grass, and kaffir lime leaves which are not in my staples so this is my adaptation.

I love the colors and nutrient-density of this meal, my families loves the flavors. It’s an excellent one-dish option on weeknights,  particularly if the vegges are prepped ahead of time.

Go vegan with tofu and/or edamame or add beef, shrimp, chicken or pork. I aim to include key nutrient-dense foods (Greens, beans, onions, nuts/seeds)

I’ve recently discovered black sesame seeds; they’re a whole unhulled variety often used in Asian cooking both for flavor and to create a color accent.

Health Benefits of Black Sesame Seeds


  • No bell peppers, no problem. Use green beans, broccoli, snap peas, whatever vegetables are on hand
  • Go vegan with tofu and (or) edamame
  • Use leftover chicken, pork or shrimp
  • Add shrimp, I usually have some in my freezer times when I need to make a quick dinner
CMF Pad Thai
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CMF Pad Thai
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Pad Thai
Peanut Sauce
Adjust servings:
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the noodles, reduce heat and cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain the noodles and rinse under cold water until they cool off. Set aside.
  2. Use a food processor or julienne mandolin (or a grater) slice carrot into thin strips and put in a bowl. Toss in sliced green onion.
  3. Cut the bell pepper into strips as thin as you can. Add to carrot bowl.
  4. Cut out the spine of the kale leaves and slice horizontally as thin as you can; should make about 1 cup. Add to carrot bowl.
  5. Toss pad Thai noodles and sesame seeds with vegetables until it is all combined.
  6. Place all lime juice, peanut butter, honey, tamari sauce, ginger and water in small food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Pour peanut sauce over pad Thai; toss until combined. Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top and serve.
Recipe Notes

A Color My Food original recipe

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