After traveling most of this week, I was really excited for some home-cooked food on Friday night and decided to make vegan pad thai.
I started off by getting my veggies ready…thinly slicing some carrots and red peppers, chopping broccoli, washing bean sprouts, and dicing up some green onions and garlic.
While the water was heating for the rice noodles, I started sauteing the garlic and green onions in some peanut oil with red chili pepper flakes until they were softened and fragrant with peanutty spiciness. Then, I added the carrots and red peppers. After a little bit I added the broccoli with some soy sauce and lime juice, and covered the veggies to let them steam.
While the veggies were steaming and the noodles were boiling, I started the sauce for the pad thai. Of course it contained a good amount of lime juice (mostly out of a bottle, but a little bit fresh squeezed). I also added in some lime zest, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, and a little brown sugar for some sweetness.
At this point, everything was ready to be combined together! I mixed the noodles and bean sprouts in with the veggies, topped it with the sauce, and then mixed in some chopped green onions and peanuts. I always think the hardest part of making this dish is getting everything mixed together and coated with the sauce, and last night was no exception! After serving, I topped it with a few more peanuts and a lime slice. It is so good to be home and back in my kitchen!