One of the best parts about spiralizing is that just by simply changing up the noodle type in a recipe, you can completely change the taste and texture of the dish.
I feel like I start many blog posts with “one of the best parts about spiralizing is…” but, that’s because there are a lot of best parts!
While I’ve made a pad thai on this blog before, it is a) vegetarian and b) made with zucchini noodles. Today’s recipe has a few different steps and ingredients and of course, it’s made with a) chicken and b) daikon noodles.
Not that I need to preface my recipes, but I didn’t want you to think “oh, she’s losing her edge!” or “oh, she’s running out of recipe ideas!” Au contraire, my friends.
Daikon noodles are tricky, because they have a sometimes soapy flavor on account of their bitter, radish-like notes. In this recipe, I cook the daikon noodles right after the chicken so that the juices in the chicken cooks into the daikon noodles. Then, when the noodles are added back in with the sauce, they soak up even more flavor. Voila – no soapy daikon.
More flavor emerges from cooking the garlic and scallions together, which marries well with the robust flavors of the pad thai sauce (which is, perfectly spicy – with a hint of rich coconut and refreshing lime.)
If you want, it’s easy to substitute zucchini noodles here- just amp the coconut flour up by 1 teaspoon and use two medium zucchinis. Depending on if you want a softer noodle or something more al dente, cook the noodles with the sauce anywhere from 2-5 minutes.
My main beef with asian noodle dishes is that they tend to be high in sodium. I counteract the high sodium levels by drinking a large glass of water during and after this meal. This always does the trick – plus, it helps with digestion and avoids any feeling of bloat.
On a completely separate note, I never shared with you my Halloween costume from the weekend. I was supposed to be a fitness instructor but someone called me “gym girl,” so I guess I didn’t exactly nail the costume. Oh well, I was SO comfortable.
Also, sadly, I didn’t eat any Halloween candy this year. Normally I indulge in some candy corn or 3 Musketeers (I know, so random!), but I didn’t. I did manage to see the NYC Halloween Parade, which I’ve never done before – for some reason, I always miss it.
Lu was a zebra. Well, he bought a zebra onesie at Target which was hilarious.
So yea, that’s my life update and my recipe for the day. See you tomorrow – can’t wait to share a new video with you on my YouTube channel. If you’re not following already, make sure to subscribe by clicking the image below – and check out my new trailer!: