I’m going through this phase where I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash. And I make them both the same way, multiple times a day. Because when your husband deployed and your kids want hot dogs for every meal, you can eat spaghetti squash all day long and no one complains!
I normally just cook up a couple pieces of chopped up bacon, cook the spaghetti squash (or shredded sweet potatoes) in the yummy bacon fat, and then top it all with a runny-yolk egg.
But this weekend I went back to an old favorite: Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai!
And I realize there is absolutely nothing authentic about this Pad Thai but when you’re doing the paleo thing, this feels like a takeout cheat meal. But it’s still paleo! And delicious!
It’s really easy to customize to suit your needs/likes too. I add all sorts of veggies to it typically and have use ground beef, chicken breasts, even ground pork.
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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
adapted from The Clothes Make the Girl
For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos, or soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
- ½ teaspoon rice vinegar
- ¼ cup sunflower seed butter or almond butter
- ¼ cup coconut milk
To make the Pad Thai:
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons coconut aminos, or soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
- ½ pound ground turkey, or any meat, really
- ½ medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup snap peas, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
To make the sauce:
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
To make the Pad Thai:
- Whisk the eggs with the coconut aminos (or soy sauce).
- Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat in a medium-sized pan until melted. Add egg mixture and scramble until cooked through. Set aside.
- In a separate large pan, heat remaining teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking up, until no pink remained. Drain if necessary. Add onion and snap peas and stir until vegetables have softened, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in spaghetti squash and sauce. Stir to coat everything with the sauce. Heat until everything is hot.
- Garnish with raw, sliced snap peas, green onions, and cashews or almonds.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 179mgSodium: 726mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 32g
followed this recipe exactly. it was AWESOME. you can’t even detect you are eating spaghetti squash… it tasted so authentic. thank you!
Nutmeg Nanny says
Ok I LOVE spaghetti squash but have never thought to use it in pad Thai! This must get made ASAP!
Is it weird that I have never tried spaghetti squash??? I`m loving this pad thai version, because I`m always down for Thai food. Even if this isn`t authentic~
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
What a great idea for spaghetti squash! I love all those fresh, zesty flavors you mixed into this meal, Amanda. Perfect spring comfort food!
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
Great minds think alike! I totally made a spaghetti squash pad thai last year and it is such a good alternative to the real thing! (http://sharedappetite.com/spaghetti-squash-pad-thai/). Your’s sounds great!
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
Too funny, I had Pad Thai last night, but I love spaghetti squash so if I can combine the two..yeah that’s right!
Hi how many servings is this please? Thanks and looks delicious!
Two servings! :)
Yum Yucky says
holy heaven. This is right on time. Yesterday I cooked up enough spaghetti squash to last for several days. Gonna make this one of my “squashed” meals. Tonight!
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
I love this idea! Pad Thai is one of my favorites, what a great way to make it healthier!
Cookbook Queen says
Could you just come to Arkansas and cook all my veggies for me? Okay, thanks. I’ll be here waiting.
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
I seriously love how simple this is! Such a great dinner idea!
I love sweet potatoes! And spaghetti squash is another favorite in our house. Looks amazing :)