Healthy Twist Recipe: Pad Thai

    Healthy Twist Recipe: Pad Thai
    Inspired by these recipes.


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 6 ounces rice stick noodles
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • Thai-marinated protein: tofu, chicken, or shrimp. (recipe below)
  • 1 cup chopped scallions, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/3 to ½ head green cabbage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped roasted peanuts (optional)
  • Sriracha for serving


  1. Combine the fish sauce, palm sugar, lemon juice, and rice wine vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Place the rice stick noodles in a mixing bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  3. Add canola oil to wok and heat over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the protein until it starts to get brown and looks pretty cooked through. Remove meat/tofu from wok
  4. Add 2/3 of the scallions and then the garlic, cook for 10 to 15 seconds.
  5. Add the egg whites to the wok; once the eggs begin to set up, about 15 to 20 seconds, stir to scramble.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients toss after each addition: cabbage, noodles, sauce, cooked protein, and lastly, cilantro.
  7. Toss everything until heated through, but no longer than 1 to 2 minutes total.
  8. Add lime juice and taste for any additional needed seasoning.
  9. Garnish with the remaining scallions and peanuts. Serve with Sriracha. Dish makes 3 servings. I had leftovers for lunch the next day and it was GREAT.

Thai-marinated protein

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp turbinado (or brown) sugar
  • 1 lb lean protein (chicken, tofu, and shrimp would be good)
  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients together well.
  2. Add protein to a Ziploc bag or other container and pour the marinade over.
  3. Let sit in the fridge as long as you can…I did put this together before I left for work.

pad thai

Healthy Twists:

  • Used way less oil than is traditionally in a Thai dish. You know how you feel so heavy after getting takeout? Not so much here.
  • Used egg whites instead of whole eggs. I want to try fried rice the same way.
  • Added as many veggies as I could. You could always throw in additional vegetables depending on what you have on hand.
  • Cut the sugar by a little bit. I usually cut sugar from all savory dishes due to our preference (but cut sugar from desserts? NEVER).

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