Pad Thai the Raw Vegan way
I just love the simplicity of a raw vegan lifestyle. Eating a huge papaya for lunch, snacking on dates or having a smoothiebowl for dinner really can make my day. But when I crave comfort food while keeping it raw, I whip up this epic RAW PAD THAI. It’s rich, savory and it brings back memories of my backpacking trip through Thailand.
In this recipe I use kelp noodles. Kelp is basically a seaweed and is full of nutrients, fat free, glutenfree and fits within a raw vegan lifestyle, but you’re welcome to use zoodles or any other noodles of your choice. I mix the noodles with colorful veggies and sprouts, dress it with a beautiful raw nut butter mixed with Asian herbs and spices, then top it off with chopped raw peanuts, coriander and spicy red chili peppers. There you have it, the secret to this epic RAW PAD THAI is not a secret anymore.
1 pack kelp noodles (340 grams)
1 carrot julienne or spiralized
1 cup red cabbage shredded
100 gram bean sprouts
1 spring onion cut into rings
handful of fresh coriander chopped
Raw peanuts or raw almonds
A slice of ginger
Juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic
6 soaked dates
1 teaspoon raw coconut oil
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ a teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon tamari (optional)
Red chili peppers chopped
Handful of raw peanuts chopped
Step 1: Prepare your own raw peanut butter or almond butter with the use of a food proccesor. Be aware that this process takes time. Be patient, meanwhile you can do all the chopping, do the dishes or call a friend who you haven’t talked to in ages. Cause really, this step takes time.
*tip: make more and keep the leftover peanut butter in a glass jar in your fridge to enjoy over the next week. If you don’t want to get in the trouble of making your own, go ahead and buy a high quality nut butter from the store.
Step 2: mix 2 tablespoons of the nutbutter with all the other ingredients for the dressing in the foodprocessor for about 2 minutes.
Step 3: Drain the keplnoodles, transfer into a mixing bowl and mix with dressing. You might want to use your hands to make sure the noodles are evenly coated with the dressing.
Step 4: Add the carrot, cabbage, sprouts, spring onions and coriander to the bowl and toss gently.
Step 5: Serve the disch in separate bowls or plates and top off with peppers, chopped peanuts and some fresh coriander.
With love from the happy earth kitchen…