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April 13, 2020

Plant-Based Pad Thai

Plant-Based Pad Thai is a gluten-free, oil-free, high-protein version of a traditional pad Thai recipe. Make it in just 40 minutes!

Plant-Based Pad Thai

I made pad Thai three times in the first three weeks of quarantine. The first time, I posted it on my Instagram story and I got a request to put the recipe on the blog. I hadn't intended to make pad Thai for y'all, it was just a meal I had for dinner. But after I got a request, I knew I had to.

So I made it again a few days later. In an attempt to be quarantine-friendly, I used frozen vegetables. And it was okay, but this dish really shines with fresh vegetables.

For the third version I went back to fresh vegetables and it made the dish so much better. Of course, if you only have access to frozen vegetables or don't have time to chop up a bunch of veggies, frozen is an acceptable substitute.

BUT if you can, get all those fresh veggies for this dish!

The great thing about fresh vegetables, for this dish specifically, is that you can cook them for different lengths of time. Start with the veg that takes the longest to cook and then add the veggies with shorter cook times later. That way all your vegetables are evenly cooked.

Plant-Based Pad Thai

I can't believe I've made it this far into this post without talking about the peanut sauce. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. The peanut sauce in this recipe is incredible.

It's sweet and salty and spicy, with a garlic kick. Oh and did I mention the peanut butter? I used chunky peanut butter, so not only is there peanut flavor but you get all the crunch of the peanut chunks. So good.

Plant-Based Pad Thai Ingredients

Plant-Based Pad Thai Ingredients

Normal pad Thai has rice noodles, but I wanted to add some protein to this dish so I used a bean-based pasta instead.

For the veggies you'll need:

  • Red Onion
  • Medium Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Vegetable Broth (for cooking)

And the peanut sauce has:

  • Powdered Peanut Butter (I use this brand)
  • Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Liquid Aminos
  • Maple Syrup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Ground Ginger
  • Cayenne
  • Salt

Plant-Based Pad Thai

How to make Plant-Based Pad Thai

Step 1. Start by chopping all the vegetables. In the recipe, you can see exact styles to chop. The goal is to have bite sized pieces that won't require additional cutting when you eat. In a sauté pan, heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth.

Step 2. In a separate pot, boil some water for pasta.

Step 3. Add the onions to the pan and sauté for a few minutes. Then add the carrots and broccoli. Sauté until the broccoli is slightly softened. Next, add the mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Finally, add the celery and zucchini and sauté until all the vegetables are soft.

Step 4. Add vegetable broth slowly, as needed to make sure the vegetables don't stick. Don't add too much though, or the veggies will get super watery.

Step 5. Cook the pasta (according to package directions) right after you add the last of the vegetables to the pan. Reserve a cup of pasta water when draining the noodles.

Step 6. While the veggies and pasta are cooking, combine all the peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 7. To assemble, divide the pasta, veggies, and sauce between two bowls. Add some of the pasta water as needed to keep the chickpea noodles from sticking together. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for giving us extra time in our days during this time to experiment with new foods. We are grateful for the gift of health and safety. Amen.

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Plant-Based Pad Thai

Plant-Based Pad Thai is a gluten-free, oil-free, high-protein version of a traditional pad Thai recipe. Make it in just 40 minutes!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

2

Prep:

10

min

cook:

30

min

total:

40

min

Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces Chickpea Linguine
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion, chopped
  • 2 Medium Carrots, julienned (roughly)
  • 1/2 Stalk Broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • 6 Ounces Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Medium Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1/2 Large Zucchini, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Vegetable Broth, for cooking

Peanut Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4-1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop all the vegetables. In a saute pan, heat a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth. In a separate pot, boil some water for pasta.
  2. Add the onions to the pan and saute for a few minutes. Then add the carrots and broccoli. Saute for 5-10 minutes, until the broccoli is slightly softened. Next, add the mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Finally, add the celery and zucchini and saute until all the vegetables are soft. Add vegetable broth slowly, as needed to make sure the vegetables don't stick.
  3. Cook the pasta right after you add the last of the vegetables to the pan. Reserve a cup of pasta water when draining the noodles.
  4. While the veggies and pasta are cooking, combine all the peanut sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. To assemble, divide the pasta, veggies, and sauce between two bowls. Add some of the pasta water as needed to keep the chickpea noodles from sticking together. Enjoy!

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography