Pad Thai for 2 Please

The past few weeks I set a cooking goal for myself: try one new recipe a week. I choose to do this for a few reasons. One: I’m not really that into cooking. I don’t think it’s the actual cooking but thinking of all the cleanup afterwards that turns me off. Two: Hubby really enjoys cooking but can’t really at this point. So I wanted to step up my game and create some more yummy options to present my hard working man with :) Three: I just need to learn more. It’s always fun to learn new things. and it always makes me feel good when I accomplish something new.

With that being said, last week’s recipe was for Pad Thai. There is an AMAZING recipe here on Use Real Butter. Now, I have tried to make Asian dishes before, but they just never come out quite like how I experience them at a restaurant. Well, let me tell you, this one tastes just like the pad thai I have had at Thai restaurants! And I wasn’t even able to use every single ingredient stated! So, I wanted to share the few little things I did different since some of the ingredients weren’t found in case you were in the same boat.

First off, I just didn’t even try to find the pickled turnips. I don’t think I even would have tried them if I had found them. Just didn’t appeal to me. It’s one thing to eat something and not know there’s a certain ingredient in it, but to know it’s in there…….. different. I also didn’t use the green onions. I decided against them because any time I have eaten food with any type of onion it really does not sit well with the baby (I’m nursing). So, I just didn’t go there this time. I also use precooked chicken, which made it faster. I always cook up a ton of chicken each week to have ready to throw into different dishes, so I wanted to use that up. I simply used a handful of chicken for each batch I made. (I did 2 all together).

 I also couldn’t find any rice noodles except what is in the above pic. Now, I could have gone to another grocery store or something, but with two little ones with short attention spans, it isn’t happening! lol. These noodles were precooked as well and I just had to throw them in. Well, more like squoosh them apart in my hand then throw them in. It comes with two little pouches in a package, so one whole package (both pouches) made enough for about 2-3 servings. That’s all I used because I did the two servings at a time thing the recipe states to do. After the first two batches I decided it was plenty for our little family.

Then the last thing I did was use a pre-made pad thai sauce I found at the store (see above pic/can be found here). I had found fish sauce but not tamarind paste, but I read the ingredients for this pre-made sauce and it had all of that in there. So, I didn’t even need to make the sauce! It was really quick to make and tasted oh so good. Have you tried a new recipe lately that came out amazing? Or not so amazing?

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  1. says

    That’s great that you’re trying a new recipe a week. I love to cook but felt like I was in a cooking rut so I started meal planning and now I try to make at least one new thing a week. So far it’s going pretty good.

  2. says

    I’m finally getting back to cooking since my new baby girl was born in May — we were eating a LOT of spaghetti for a while there! I tried the squash/apple gratin recipe you can find on my pinterest board ( — once you click into the article, it’s the 3rd recipe listed) and it was pretty amazing. I looooove pad thai — glad you found some shortcuts that worked for you and your fam!

  3. says

    I boil mine, but it always comes out fantastic! I just started doing it that way because I would always make them dry when baking them. I always boil them for at least 1 hour and they are very tender. Maybe try cooking them in a crock pot in some chicken broth? That would cook them very nicely as well. Also, I always buy a big bag of frozen chicken to cook up. You get so much more for the price. Plus, you can throw them into the water or crockpot frozen.

    That looks yummy!

  4. says

    I am just recently returning to the kitchen after the birth of my sweet 3-month old. I have had a love affair with cooking since I got married but I couldn’t stand to be in the kitchen while I was pregnant…. now that I am back everything is new and exciting, but I think my favorite new recipe is a sweet potato-cauliflower gratin that I got from a magazine. It is fairly simple and my husband loves it (even though he is neither a fan of sweet potato or cauliflower) that is success in my book

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