I love a fast dinner that I can throw together in twenty minutes and everyone loves it. Okay when I say everyone I mean the kids eat two bites and then ask for a hot dog and Matt and I enjoy our entire plate. Pad Thai is one of those dishes you can make with almost anything you have in your fridge. The staples of the dish are the noodles and pad thai sauce but what you mix in with the noodles is totally up to you. I've done bell peppers, carrots, asparagus, snap peas, snow peas, chicken, beef, shrimp.... and the list goes on. Its a great clean out the fridge dish because its so versatile. By the way feeding my kids has started to become the bane of my existence its like they hate everything I cook! arg! Hopefully your kids are not as picky as mine and will enjoy this delicious easy weeknight dinner of veggie pad thai.
- 8 oz rice stick noodles
- 1/4 cup tomato-based thai chili sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons vegetable or sesame oil
- 2 chopped bell peppers
- 2 large carrots, shredded or chopped small
- 8 scallions
- 3 cups bean sprouts
- To make the pad thai sauce whisk together chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce and brown sugar, set aside.
- Chop the veggies or meat that you plan to use. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add the oil. Stir fry your meat and or veggies until they done. While your veggies are frying cook your noodles.
- Cook the noodles- bring a large pot of water to a boil; remove from heat. Stir in noodles; let soak until softened about 7-8 minutes. Drain.
- Once the veggies are cooked through toss in the noodles and the sauce. Mix everything together and cook until heated. Serve warm with a lime slice to squeeze over the noodles
By the way I buy the rice stick noodles in the asian section in the grocery store, when they are uncooked they look like white/clear looking sticks. I have bought them at the grocery store as well as walmart, so I'm sure you can find them where you live! Do you have an easy go to dinner? I'd love to hear in the comments!