RECIPE

THE PERFECT PLANT-BASED PAD THAI

With wholesomeness,

Chef Dee

{CAN BE KETO-FRIENDLY & VEGAN}

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All hail Plant-Thai, or Pad-Thai - whatever you're feeling! This recipe was originally created for a close friend and his wife for their wedding day. I met my friend Marshal through my very first corporate wellness class where we later became great friends. Creating this recipe for them made me realize how many people have come into my life as a result of being in the culinary arts. Food has always been nurturing in my eyes, but the people that have come into my life through this path I have chosen, have nurtured me in more ways than I can express. I feel so lucky for all of the friends that have as a result of doing what I love most.  

Sob-story over - onto the Pad Thai!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tsp coconut oil

  • 1 medium onion

  • 1/4 cup red cabbage

  • 1/4 cup peanuts (crushed & roasted)

  • 2 tsp red curry paste

  • 1/2 inch fresh grated ginger

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter or 1/4 cup almond butter

  • 1 can full fat canned coconut milk

  • 1 1/4 cup veggie stock

  • 1/4 tsp fresh turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp garlic granules

  • 1 large carrot peeled into "sliced noodles"

  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple or favorite non-refined sweetener

  • 2 cups bean sprouts (optional)

  • 1/4 cup chives (optional)

  • 1/2-1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

DIRECTIONS:

**When reading a recipe and learning to really feel comfortable cooking I suggest reading the entire recipe & directions prior to starting. This helps you to better understand what truly goes into the dish.**

  1. Gather your ingredients and wash all of your veggies.

  2. Add the coconut oil to the pan once the pan is has heated. (be sure to use a pan that is large enough to hold all of your ingredients. Remember you may want to add more cabbage or carrots to this dish.)

  3. While the oil heats, cut your onion into small diced pieces.

  4. Once the coconut oil has heated slightly, add your onions and sauté until they become translucent.

  5. Using your mandolin, adjust the width of the slicer (on the back) to use to slice your cabbage & carrots along the blade. I like to hold the mandolin by the top however without using the handle.) You can stabilize it so that you avoid cutting yourself. Run products along it VERY slowly until you become more comfortable.

  6. While the onion cooks, continue working on the cabbage, carrots, slicing the carrots lengthwise into “noodle-like” strips. These should be pliable like noodles. You should not be able to snap them.

  7. Next, add in the curry paste, ginger, turmeric, peanut butter, and coconut milk. Stir the mixture on low while following with the cabbage, pineapple, and other ingredients. Add in garlic granules as well if desired, or fresh garlic.

  8. Finally let the mixture simmer for 10-20 minutes to help bring out the flavor. Add in a touch of lime if needed to brighten the dish and it’s flavors.

  9. Prior to serving, taste the dish and add in additional turmeric, ginger, salt, & sweetness. Top with toasted sesame oil, chives, & peanuts! Enjoy!

 

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If concerned about sugar content with this meal, opt for more cabbage over carrots. Carrots are not seen as a high-sugar food however cabbage and the addition of a lean protein such as chicken would be fantastic in a recipe like this. Be sure to customize it to your needs! 

 
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MIDDLE EASTERN SPICED CARROTS

+ GARLIC TAHINI CHIMMICHURRI

We LOVE roasted veggies! However, I've never been one for roasted carrots. I'm more of a roasted sweet potato kind of girl due to the sweetness that the potato provides. Carrots at times, can become bitter with cooking which means it is necessary to balance these flavors when roasting. Typically, bitterness is balanced with sweetness.


For this recipe, I used carrots that were previously peeled & cut by the team over at Hungry Harvest which ended up being absolutely delicious, nutritious, & in the process, fought food waste! Don't forget to use the code "cookcollab" to receive $5.00 off your first order with Hungry Harvest & give yourself a pat on the back for helping to influence the way our industry progresses.

 

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ROASTED CARROTS / or sweet potatoes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cut carrots
  • 1/2 tsp za'atar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • dash of cardamom (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Set the oven to 415.
  2. On a sheet pan combine all of the ingredients & toss fully by using your hands to mix in the ingredients.
  3. Roast the carrots in the oven at 415 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. While the carrots are cooking, prepare your garlic tahini chimmichurri vinaigrette or yogurt sauce.

**Sweet potatoes can be used as well.**

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GARLIC TAHINI CHIMMICHURRI VINAIGRETTE

(or yogurt sauce)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp roasted garlic (see recipe below)
  • 1 large bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 bunch cur leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup sherry vin
  • 1 heaping tbsp tahini
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil OR 1 cup greek yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Using a food processor, combine all of your ingredients except your oil if choosing to make a vinaigrette. Pulse until well combined and reserve in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
  2. If making the yogurt sauce remove the sherry vin prior to combining and substitute with salt or lemon if desired.
  3. Top the roasted carrots with the sauce & enjoy. They both taste great on a salad.

EASY-TO-MAKE ROASTED GARLIC

 
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Garlic is one of the most powerful ingredients for antifungal, anti-inflammatory, & a protector against common colds to list just a few. Most of us have a grandmother who boasts about the benefits of specific ingredients, but to be quite frank, garlic most certainly is, a beneficial food.

It's one of my favorite flavor enhancers to add to dishes, yet I find that most clients & friends don't seem to know the trick on bumping up the flavor with this beneficial ingredient that's SO easy to create, reserve, & continue to enjoy for weeks to come. 

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At the start of the week or on Sundays I like to roast a pound (yes an entire pound) with a quality extra virgin olive oil to use for the remainder of the week. I use the roasted garlic in weekly recipes, dressings, dips, & sauces which really packs the flavor into these dishes.

To create roasted garlic simply follow the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of peeled garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Add the peeled garlic to a pan that allows you to cover it. I like to use a small metal baking dish that was given to me by my mom that has a metal lid as it's the perfect size to allow the garlic pieces to roast tightly packed with one another. You can also use a glass baking dish with a lid to roast the garlic.
  2. Once you have added the garlic, check to make sure there are no impurities such as any garlic that contains mold, or any that still has the husk on it. Remove any impurities and add 1/2 extra virgin olive oil to the mixture and stir until well combined.
  3. Cook the garlic at 350 for 45 minutes and remove from the oven to stir. Add back to the oven and cook (still covered) for another 35-45 minutes depending on the temperature integrity of your oven. 
  4. Let the garlic cool and reserve in the fridge. You can either leave the garlic whole or puree the garlic in a food processor. I prefer to leave the garlic whole and make sure it is tightly packed with enough olive oil to cover it to ensure a longer shelf life in the fridge.
  5. Keep the finished product in your fridge for up to 1 month or until you get through it! I assure you it will not stay for any longer! To ensure that your garlic is safe to eat, check for any mold growth before using. This is what will occur almost always if it becomes unsafe to eat. Olive oil will help to preserve it so make sure the garlic is tightly packed in the jar with olive oil covering the top.

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To health and happiness,

Chef Dee