Paleo Recipe: Paleo Pad Thai

Feeling sorry for yourself because you recently went paleo? Sniffing away tears because brownies and pasta aren’t on the menu? Try this innovative pad thai, and you’ll realize you aren’t missing a thing.

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The recipe was adapted from Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat. If you associate the paleo diet with bland food and limited options, get this book. With recipes like creamy cucumber salad and peach crisp, plus some incredibly helpful meal planning tips, it’s sure to convert you to paleo for good.

Ingredients for Two Servings:
1 batch Sunshine Sauce (I like it with almond butter)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons coconut aminos (available at most natural food stores)
2 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup snap peas, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
6-8 ounces grilled chicken thighs, diced

Crack the eggs into a small bowl and scramble them with the coconut aminos. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Melt 2 teaspoons coconut oil into the skillet, and pour in the eggs and let them spread until they cover most the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and cover with a lid, letting the eggs cook until they’re set and beginning to brown on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and lightly brown the other side. Remove the eggs from the pan and cut into strips with a sharp knife.

Using the same pan, increase heat to medium-high and add 1 teaspoon coconut oil to the pan. Sauté the onion and snap peas, stirring with a wooden spoon, until they’re crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add the spaghetti squash, chicken, and cooked egg to the pan and, stirring with a wooden spoon, cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Add the Sunshine Sauce to the pan and stir-fry until everything is well blended and hot. Divide among two plates, sprinkle with garnish bits of toasted almond, chopped cilantro and scallions, and a squeeze of lime.

Andrea Tagalog is a personal trainer in Carlsbad, California, who also serves women in Vista, San Marcos, and the rest of San Diego. Image is courtesy of Suzie_S at Flickr Creative Commons.