I’ve been recently craving Pad Thai. And even though there is no lack of Thai food in the area that I live in, I decided to conquer yet another Oriental dish. Some of the best recipes that you will ever find, will be on box packages. This recipe I got from the package of Pad Thai noodles. A fun fact: Pad Thai is not actually Thai. It was brought by Vietnamese traders and it became a common dish in Thailand in the 30s as part of a movement to reduce rice consumption.
Ingredients: 8 oz dried Pad Thai noodles, 3/4 lb thinly sliced chicken (substitute with shrimp or tofu if you wish), 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 eggs slightly beaten, 4 sliced green onions, 10 oz fresh bean sprouts, 3/4 cup peanuts, 1/2 lime
Sauce: 1/4 cup fish sauce, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. I just needed to add mine to boiling water for a few minutes.
Add oil to a wok or skillet on medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken.
Cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the meat and garlic, along with the oil remains, to the noodles. Pour the beaten eggs.
Scramble the eggs with the noodles until the eggs are cooked through. Mix fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, and hoisin sauce for the sauce. Add the sauce, green onions, bean sprouts and peanuts. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top and serve hot. Enjoy.
There are two things I can’t cook for the life of me. Dough (pie crust, pizza dough, bread…no matter what kind) and rice. I know rice sounds pathetic for a person who leads a food blog but it’s true. I always either undercook it, overcook it or straight up burn it. So I typically buy boil-in-a-bag rice and just throw it into boiling water for 5 minutes. Yesterday i discovered an even simpler method. Cooked brown rice from Trader Joes. Yet another reason to love Trader Joes (in addition to the frozen falafel, croissants and chicken tikka masala). When I saw cooked lentils, I knew it was meant to be. Dinner in 15 minutes!
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 chopped onion, 3 chopped carrots, 3 minced cloves, 3 cups cooked lentils, 1/2 cup broth, 3 cups cooked brown rice, fresh cilantro, 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, juice from 1/2 lemon (optional), salt and pepper to season
To a skillet or pot, on medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the onion, carrots and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes or until the onion softens. Season with salt and pepper.
Add broth and allow to cook for 5 more minutes
Add the brown rice
Mix together and add more salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with cilantro and feta cheese. Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice if desired.