Friday Favorite: Cheater Pad Thai

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Like it was on the first Friday of MoFo, this week’s Friday Favorite is also a vegan staple. I guess that means that the recipes I repeat most often are simple ones that feature pantry staples. Makes sense, right?

This week’s favorite is a dish I make on a nearly monthly basis. It usually starts with S requesting “peanut noodles” for dinner, after which I clarify that he is indeed talking about this dish. From there, it’s a quick twenty minutes till dinner is on the table. And what’s dinner? It’s the Cheater Pad Thai from the Happy Herbivore Cookbook.

Top-down view of a white dish with wide rice noodles, broccoli, peanut sauce, and a drizzle of sriracha.

Peanutty!

Lindsay calls this “cheater” pad thai because it uses peanut butter (which goes against her no-added-fat approach), but I call it a cheater recipe because it’s so damn easy yet tastes so good. The recipe is incredibly versatile – you can add any veggies you have on hand. I usually go with broccoli, like I did this week. Snow peas are also a fine choice. The recipe does call for bean sprouts, but I occasionally omit them if I don’t feel like making a trip to the store before cooking dinner. I always add a sprinkle of fresh lime juice, though, and I always use way more than a single tablespoon of peanut butter in the sauce. ;)

What’s your go-to noodle recipe? Which Happy Herbivore recipes do you love?

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