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A peek into my world this week
For the past year, I have been struggling with some health issues that are quite uncomfortable and very inconvenient. I have “doctor hopped” between specialists and my GP trying to get some relief for the root cause rather than just the symptoms. None of the doctors can agree on, or even find the root cause so we have been unsuccessfully treating the symptoms. I have been doing my own research and have found that every single one of my symptoms aligns with having gluten issues. My doctors don’t seem to think diet could possibly have anything to do with my symptoms. Yet, they can’t seem to control them either. I don’t want to stay on medications that aren’t effective so I have decided to try a gluten free diet to see if I can get some relief.
A new diet? Yikes!
As someone who LOVES pasta and bread, I’m not overjoyed about this diet. But if I can control these symptoms without medications like steroids, I’m going to give it a shot. No sense in treating a symptom and not the root problem. Maybe gluten isn’t my issue, but I need to find something that works. Bear with me as I will probably be releasing some gluten free recipes for the next few weeks while I am trying this diet out. Don’t worry though, many recipes that I would normally make are naturally gluten free anyway. Recipes that aren’t can be made to be gluten free with a few tweaks.
Homemade Pad Thai Recipe
I absolutely adore Thai food. I was introduced to it by my friend and have been a little obsessed ever since. Luckily, my husband and son like it too. Unfortunately, there are zero Thai food restaurants locally. Not a problem for this mama! I whipped up my own recipe after doing a little research. As a plus, I even got to enjoy this delicious pad thai in my pj’s! Who doesn’t love to wear their pj’s and eat some of their favorite food? Well, maybe some people wouldn’t enjoy that. For a homebody like me, it is absolute heaven. So long as I can rope someone else into doing the dishes. I’m still working on that one…
This homemade pad thai recipe is super simple. With a few shortcuts, I can make it even simpler for you! This recipe calls for a good amount of prep work for the veggies. Cutting carrot matchsticks can be time-consuming. Or, you can go to the produce aisle and buy them already prepped that way. You can also usually find onions and other veggies prepped for you as well. A mandoline is also another option to julienne veggies (matchstick type cut). Either way, these both are quicker options that can cut down prep time.
How to Make This Homemade Pad Thai Recipe
To make this homemade pad thai recipe, you need to first gather and wash all produce. Slice the onion, yellow bell pepper, shallot and garlic cloves. Add all the produce to a large bowl. Next, juice your limes and add the juice to the bowl with the veggies. Add the Tamari soy sauce to the same bowl. Mix well. Dice the raw chicken breasts next. Add them to the same bowl and mix well to ensure the chicken is coated in the sauce as well. Cover this bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
After your veggies and chicken have marinated, add some olive oil to a large skillet and bring it up to a medium heat. Add the contents of your bowl. Saute the chicken and veggies until the chicken is fully cooked.
While your veggies and chicken are cooking in the skillet, prepare the rice noodles as the packaging directs. Set them aside when done. Once everything is cooked, add the noodles to the skillet and mix well.
Garnish pad thai with cilantro, peanuts, and sesame seeds, and green onions. Now, it’s time for the best part! Dig in and enjoy!
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|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes|
|Passive Time||1 hour|
- 2 chicken breasts diced
- 4 tbsp tamari soy sauce
- 1 cup raw peanuts
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper sliced- red or orange bell pepper can be used as well
- 1 shallot sliced
- 4 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 cup carrots matchsticks
- 2 limes juiced
- 1 handful cilantro for garnish
- 2 tbsp white sesame seeds for garnish
- 1/2 cup green onion sliced, for garnish
- 1 10.6 oz package pad thai rice noodles prepared as package directs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Wash all produce
- Slice onion, garlic, bell pepper, shallot, and carrots
- Place in a bowl and set aside
- Juice limes
- Add lime juice to bowl with veggies
- Add Tamari soy sauce to bowl with veggies
- Dice chicken breasts and add to bowl with veggies
- Lightly salt and pepper to taste
- Stir veggies and chicken to evenly coat with soy sauce and lime juice
- Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 1 hour
- Prepare rice noodles as package directs
- In a large skillet, add olive oil and bring to medium heat
- Add veggies and chicken
- Saute until chicken is fully cooked and veggies are tender
- While chicken and veggies are cooking, slice green oinions
- Once chicken is completely cooked, add rice noodles to skillet and toss together
- Garnish with cilantro, green onion, sesame seeds, and peanuts
- Dig in and enjoy!
AmandaAugust 30, 2017
Oh man, I hear you on the locking Pasta! I hope the change in diet brings you some relief! I have to look into cutting out things soon, too for my son’s health. Mine would be dairy which is a huge part of my diet.
Leslie MorrisonAugust 30, 2017
Thanks! I hope your son gets some relief as well!
AnnaAugust 30, 2017
Oh my I love pad Thai , the first time I ate pas Thai I was amazed of how delicious it was . I am gonna try your recipe
Tanvi RastogiAugust 30, 2017
Who doesn’t love pad thai. I am certain it is one of the most popular thai dishes. I will try this with tofu 🙂
Leslie MorrisonAugust 30, 2017
I’ve never been able to make tofu to my liking at home. I’d love if you shared your recipe or tips on how to make it at home!
Catherine BrownAugust 30, 2017
I love pad Thai, and I love the rice noodles! You might enjoy some of the bean-based pastas that are available now. It should really be required that med students get more coursework in human nutrition. I’m in my final year of a BS in Dietetics and loving everything that I’m learning. Coupling this with two culinary degrees and years of experience growing organic produce has given me a great base to help people on their journey towards better health. Good luck on your new diet! 😉
CarolynAugust 30, 2017
Oh dear… now you have made me hungry! Love pad Thai… looks amazing! I think the photos has me salivating. New here… I’ll be back for more! 🙂 will try and let you know how it went.
TracyAugust 30, 2017
Oh, you are so fun! I hope you are able to iron out your health challenges. It can be so hard to deal with. Oh man! Those pictures have me drooling. This sounds so good! I will have to try it for the family. I will have to change out the soy for coconut amino’s or something as I am terribly allergic. Have a grand day and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us!
Corey | The Nostalgia DiariesAugust 30, 2017
Best of luck with the gluten free! I pretty much am gluten free, and it’s not as hard as it seems. It’s opened a world of great new recipes. And this pad thai looks amazing!
Kacey PerezAugust 30, 2017
Pad Thai is one of my absolute favorites! This looks delicious!
SaraAugust 30, 2017
I haven’t had pad thai in so long! I actually think that the last time I had it was before I had to go gluten free, which was…. 5 years ago! So I feel ya!
Best of luck with your transition to a GF diet. I’m definitely adding this to my must try list. Thank you so much for sharing :).
Jeni @ Biscuits & BoozeAugust 30, 2017
Pad Thai is seriously one of my favorite weekday go-to meals. Your recipe is a little different from how we normally make it though so it sounds like a good excuse to have Pad Thai again to try the variation 🙂
Travel PocketsAugust 30, 2017
This Pad thai recipe looks so delicious! Your pictures are so amazing that it’s making me drool right now, LOL!
Rezel KealohaSeptember 2, 2017
I pretty much eat gluten free and I feel so much better. I love your recipe for Pad Thai too!
JayashreeSeptember 2, 2017
Nice ones here, thats really amazing clicks.
Azlin BloorSeptember 3, 2017
Looks absolutely lovely, nothing like homemade! Fantastic images also!
Constance SmithSeptember 3, 2017
This recipe looks fantastic. I love the combination of ingredients in there and am fairly new to Thai food 🙂
LuciSeptember 3, 2017
This looks really delicious and simple to make.
AprilSeptember 3, 2017
This looks good and pretty easy to make! Giving up pasta and other gluten filled foods is hard to do but being healthy is more important as you know. I really hope your docs can get to the root of your health issues.
Derek | Dad With A PanSeptember 4, 2017
Pad Thai is the best! Especially with some picked thai chili’s smothered on top to crank up the heat!
MarysaAugust 20, 2018
I’ve never made Pad Thai before – it sounds delicious! It’s something a little different. I’d love to make this, I think we are in a meal rut!
Paula @ I'm Busy Being AwesomeAugust 20, 2018
It really looks amazing! I need to try it
MimiAugust 20, 2018
Pad Thai is so yummy I can’t wait to try and make it at home
Ruthie RidleyAugust 20, 2018
Pad thai is one of my favorite dishes! I wanna try this one!
Sherri @ Sweet EnoughAugust 20, 2018
Hi Leslie! I remember when my husband was first diagnosed with IBS and found that going gluten-free helped him tremendously. I thought, “how am I going to live without wheat pasta?” LOL. But I did and now I have given up wheat myself as well as sugar. Crazy how things work out! I love the flavors in this dish and think it would be a great meal for our family! Hope you are feeling well! 🙂
Leslie MorrisonAugust 21, 2018
Thanks so much for your kind words! I feel so much better. After speaking with other physicians it seems IBS is used as a catch-all diagnosis. For me, cutting gluten out has worked wonders 🙂
MelissaAugust 21, 2018
We love a good Pad Thai dish, though I can’t eat the ones from our local Thai restaurant as they use shrimp and I am allergic. This is going on my menu plan right away so I can make it myself instead! I hope you feel some relief from your new diet, sending healing vibes your way.
Jules ShepardAugust 21, 2018
What a beautiful dish! Love the addition of peppers!