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I know, know. It’s shocking isn’t it? This isn’t a dessert or snack recipe! And there isn’t any chocolate in sight! So unlike me, right? Well, something you may not know about me is how much of a sucker I am for Thai food.
It all started in college, when I tried pad thai for the first time. I was hooked. It honestly became a bit of a bad habit, though. Where I went to college and grad school, in Fort Collins, Colorado, I found a favorite Thai place and ordered from there almost weekly. What can I say? The food was amazing and they delivered. How could I not get it all the time? I haven’t gotten as adventurous as I’d like with the cuisine, but what I have tried, I’ve loved!
Where I live now in California only has two Thai places, so I’ve tried to add some variety by trying new dishes. One of the new dishes I’ve tried was pad see ew, and I completely fell in love. It’s rich, slightly sweet, with a little zing, and utterly delicious. However, it’s absolutely loaded with soy. For some reason, I didn’t realize this until after I ate the delicious dish. But either way, traditional pad see ew is not something I can frequently have as a result of all the soy, thanks to my interstitial cystitis. Soy is one of those foods my body (particularly my bladder) really doesn’t handle well. But because pad see ew is now one of my favorite foods, I knew I had to come up with my own version, sans soy. So, I developed with Soy-Free Zoodle Pad See Ew recipe!
Zoodle Pad See Ew
So why did I use zoodles, you ask? Does my bladder, for some reason, not like rice noodles? Nope! It’s simply because I wanted to! I have really been enjoying using zoodles lately, and have been wanting to come up with a recipe featuring them. I already have a couple using sweet potato noodles, so it was about time I created a recipe using zucchini noodles!
While I’m not about that low-carb life (it’s just not for me), I am all about getting more veggies in. And zoodles are a great way to do that! In fact, zucchini is one of my absolute favorite veggies. When I was in college and not order Thai food or other take out, I often prepped zucchini and other squash for busy weeks. It’s easy, versatile, and tastes amazing! It’s high in fiber, water content, and vitamin C, among other vital nutrients.
Traditional pad see ew uses Chinese broccoli, but I chose to go a more accessible route and use traditional broccoli. Part of this is because it’s what I could find in my local store. And part of it is because that’s what my local Thai place uses and I think it adds a nice, fresh crunch to the dish. Plus, it makes this zoodle pad see ew recipe much more filling and nutritious! Broccoli contains vitamin A and K, as well as carotenoids and calcium, which help with vitamin D absorption, eye health, and bone health, respectively. Broccoli is also relatively high in protein when compared to other vegetables, and is high in soluble fiber. Both of these things help you stay full after a meal!
I added chicken to this dish to add some extra lean protein, but if meat isn’t your thing, I understand. You could easily make this a vegetarian dish by either leaving the meat out or subbing in your plant-based protein of choice. To make it vegan, simply do that and leave out the chicken and the egg, but pad see ew does usually have egg in it as well.
Whether you make this a plant-based dish or leave it as is, I know you’ll love it as much as I do. It takes a little more work than my usual snack recipes, but it’s worth it. This Soy-Free Zoodle Pad See Ew recipe is as healthy and nutritious as it is delicious and would make the perfect lunch or dinner for any occasion! Enjoy!