Low-Calorie Pad Thai

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 190

Fat per serving: 14

Low-Calorie Pad Thai

I love Pad Thai, but it's nearing the end of winter and my pants are getting a little tight! This low calorie Pad Thai is perfect, it's full flavor - but because it doesn't use any cooking oil and uses 0 calorie noodles, I can enjoy it even when I'm counting calories.

Ingredients

    Pad Thai Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tamarind puree
  • 1 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Protein
  • 10 ounces of your favorite protein combo. For this recipe I used 3 ounces of tofu, and 7 ounces of chicken (I like to mix and match chicken, shrimp, tofu, and pork)
  • 2 Finely diced shallots (or 1/4 onion)
  • 1-2 Cloves of garlic
  • The Rest
  • 1 Large carrot cut into match sticks
  • 2 Eggs
  • 10 Ounces kelp noodles (or zoodles if these 0 calorie noodles aren't available)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 Large head of broccoli
  • 5 Ounces of bean sprouts
  • 1 Bunch of cilantro
  • 1 ounce garlic chives (optional)
  • Limes quartered to use for seasoning

Instructions

  1. In a mason jar prepare the Pad Thai sauce. Shake together the tamarind puree, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, and water. Warning - do not mix this in a blender, often the tamarind paste will have hard seeds in it, and if you use a blender these pieces will be too small to filter out without clogging a mesh strainer. In a few steps, we'll use the lid of the mason jar or a spoon to pour in the sauce without letting the seeds into the dish.
  2. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add your protein, and cook until nicely browned and nearly cooked through. Add the shallots and garlic, and finish cooking the protein. Transfer the protein to a clean dish and return the pan to the heat.
  3. De-glaze the pan with the Pad Thai sauce (use the lid of the mason jar to strain out the seeds - only pour the liquid into the pan) and immediately add the carrots. Scramble in the two eggs. Once the eggs have set, add in the kelp noodles and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Add water if it is too difficult to mix in the peanut butter.
  4. Once the noodles have softened, add in the broccoli and bean sprouts. Quickly mix the protein back in, and cover until the broccoli turns bright green.
  5. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro, garlic chives, and limes.

Notes

For calculating calories I assumed the protein was 7 ounces of chicken and 3 ounces of tofu. This dish is Gluten-free and Dairy-Free!

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