At restaurant, whenever I order pad Thai , I ask for more veggies but it comes with just more tofu and I always find it too sweet and oily. So finally took the matter in my hand. Well actually, accidentally I saw pad Thai recipe on Indian channel and so thought of making it.
It’s more of preparation and actual cooking time is very less
- Cook or soak pad Thai noodles according to pkg. it takes around 30 mins so don’t wait until meal time.
- Keep sauce ready in advance too. I made with soya sauce, tamarind paste, vinegar, raw sugar , red chili powder and crushed garlic. Pad Thai is sweet , sour and spicy so adjust the sauce accordingly.
- Chop veggies like green onion, broccoli bok choy , colored peppers, Julianne carrot. Wash sprouts and keep them ready. Don’t be skimpy with vegetables.
- Cut tofu in bite size and sauté in oil just like paneer. Season with salt and crushed pepper.
- Not put your chef hat on .:-) Heat olive oil or sesame oil. Sauté all veggies on high heat for few minutes. Keep them crunchy.
- Add tofu and half of sauce.
- Add noodle and add rest of the sauce. You can add some chili garlic sauce.
- Garnish with green onion and crushed roasted peanuts.
- Turned out good. It wasn’t like restaurant so don’t compare. I liked that it was less sweet and oily. And I got lots of veggies in it. Good to take left over for lunch.
- Vegetables are lightly cooked so they retain nutrients which I like.
- What are you waiting for ? Put ingredients on grocery list and go shopping.
One of the thing I enjoy is roaming around international aisles in Asian stores .( Did you say no brainer ? )They will have lot of things that I never had before. On my last trip, I saw buckwheat noodles. I didn’t waste anytime thinking and picked them up. Tried them today and I liked them. Package says its buckwheat with yam and also contains wheat. And yes, seems it’s popular in Japan and called soba noodles there. Soba meaning buckwheat.
I made them with the same chili Garlic and soya sauce I have been using lately . Added vegetables like carrot, bean sprouts my new favorite, onion, colored peppers , spinach and Tofu. It made a good lunch to take to work. And of course , I told everyone at work abt new finding so they can try too.
Lunch is packed in glass container. I don’t use plastic if I have to reheat my food in microwave at work.
Today’s post is coming from my engineering days friend Krishna. We had spent a lot of time in canteen eating puffs, sandwiches,dosa with gold spot, thumbs up. If i remember correctly, she even had won competition of drinking thumbs up. We were lab partners too and had too much fun in the labs. Hope she won’t kill me for posting this. We never talked abt making food though. Fast forward few years and we meet again on FB and once again, we have something in common. Love for food or should i say cooking. Yeah, cooking sounds better. 🙂 Over to her delicious Lasagna recipe…
3 large onions finely chopped
Garlic acc. to your taste
1 bag of frozen chopped spinach
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 cup ricotta cheese
Salt and pepper
Your favorite pasta sauce
- In a food processor, finely chop the peppers,zucchini and the frozen spinach. Finely chop onion and garlic too.
- In a large pot saute onions, garlic, Italian seasoning. Now add chopped veggies ,salt ,pepper and let it cook few mins.
- After it is cooked, add pasta sauce about 1 to 1and 1/2 jar. Let it simmer for 20 – 30 min. Once it is done, add ricotta cheese and mix.
- Boil the lasagna sheets with salt.Layer the 9×13 tray with sheets and veggie mix. Once layers are done, top with mozzarella. Bake at 350 for half an hour.
- You can use ready to cook lasagna sheets too but might need more sauce for it.
- If you don’t like to add sauce to veggies, then do layers of sauce and veggie.
- Enjoy and have fun with lasagna.
Tips from health nut me:
- I would use whole wheat pasta and fresh spinach.
- I like to use full fat cheese only and not reduced fat. Anything wholesome is good.But you need to make your own decision if you have any health concern.
- Serve with whole wheat bread and salad on side.