Sassy & Spicy {Almost} Raw Pad Thai

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I am in Charge of How I Feel Today and I Choose Happiness

One of my favourite mantras! During the tougher times in life it has been my iphone background reminding me to stop dwelling on the negative and force a smile on my face

So yesterday was Blue Monday…the most depressing time of the year? That may be, but there are still a lot of awesome things about January.

  • Like taking your dog out and watching him roll around in the snow and come out with a white nose.
  • Going to the grocery store in a long coat and your fleecy pyjamas underneath
  • Drinking red wine to keep warm while waiting for dinner to be ready.

These are only possible when its ice ice baby out there! however if you live in a warm climate… I certainly envy you 😛

Sometimes Mondays you can start on a rough note. Yesterday mine began by the abrupt reminder of my early morning dentist appointment. Following said appointment, being stacked with an invoice for future dental work that is in the 4 digits range. Not a great start!  I do know, however that the best way to transform a crappy mood is by getting your blood flowing with something you love.

In my case, that would be listening to beyonce and making thai food with lots and lots of flavour.024

Here comes this delightful plate involving the angelic zucchini noodle with a whole lot of sassy bite and crunch on top. If you love pad Thai, love anything peanut butter, or just love tangy lip-smacking flavour, you will adore this dish.021

The sauce can be made ahead, doubled and tripled for serving a  group or stored in the fridge for up to a week. If you have leftover it goes beautifully on top of raw carrot sticks.013

Spicy Peanut Sauce Ingredients (serves 1 hungry person)

  • 2 heaping teaspoon of natural peanut butter
  • 1.5 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • juice of half a lime
  • 3 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • dash red chilli flake/sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (olive oil works too, just less nutty)

Simply whisk all ingredients together until sauce is combined but still chunky. Taste and add more water if necessary. Sauce should have an equal balance of salty, sweet and sour.

Pad Thai Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, peeled or spiraled
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled or spiralized
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro

Optional Yummy Add ins: Red pepper, cashews, green onions, peanuts

Simply use your spiralizer on the vegetables, or a vegetable peeler to peel thin strands.

Combine the sauce with the zucchini and carrot just before serving, as the tender zucchini noodles get soggy after some time.

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