Whole foods no oil brown rice noodles Vegan Pad Thai in Wok

 

This healthy tofu Pad Thai is a low-fat recipe ready in 20 minutes.

Use your own Pad Thai seasonings/sauce, or visit this Epicure website to buy the delicious Pad Thai mix that I used, and bookmark this recipe for later.

I also show you how to make an easy tasty homemade  Sriracha sauce from an Epicure spices mix.

This recipe shows you how to make an oil free vegan Pad Thai with Tofu and Noodles.

All VeganEnvy recipes are whole foods plant based, oil free, fat-free and exceptionally healthy!  I follow the Forks Over Knives recommendations for disease prevention through diet.

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Back Story

My kids asked if a couple of their friends could stay for dinner.  That is pretty normal at our house.

I said, “We are having vegan Pad Thai – it’s noodles, tofu and vegetables, do they like that?”

The friends said, “never had it, but sounds GOOD!”

I agree, Pad Thai is good!  A mild, slightly sweet comforting noodle dish with garlic and citrus flavours.

Vegan Pad Thai and homemade Sriracha on plates - Whole foods no oil brown rice noodles VeganEnvy.com

I love feeding children vegan food,

especially kids from non-vegan families. They all seem to love tofu, and whole grain carbs, and most like plain vegetables too.

Kids are very open-minded to eating simple vegan food, they see my kids, my husband and I like it, and they join in – especially when their parents aren’t around.

I always test my recipes on children.  If they like it, I know I have a winner.

 

Epicure Pad Thai Spice Mix

I grabbed a package of vegan Pad Thai spice mix from Epicure, because it is a fast, healthy, high quality way to pull a tofu dish together.

It is spices only – no preservatives, fish, oils or additives.

I have used Canadian Epicure products for over 15 years – they are fantastic and I am an Epicure consultant.

Epicure is a great company for vegans.  Unfortunately their products are only available in Canada.

Carrots, broccoli, green pepper and noodles,

This should take about 20 minutes to pull together.

Sliced green peppers in a wok - VeganEnvy.com
Matchstick carrots in measuring cup - VeganEnvy.com
Package of Lotus Foods Brown Rice Noodles - From Costco

I got started washing and chopping my vegetables, I really take pleasure in cutting them in ways that make them look appealing.

Matchstick carrots, small broccoli, evenly cut green peppers.  Makes them cook uniformly as well.

I learned cutting techniques in the Forks Over Knives Cooking Course.

Sliced Broccoli carrots and green peppers for vegan no oil stir fry in wok

Mix Up the Sauce

While the vegetables were stir frying, I mixed up the Pad Thai spices with water and soy sauce.

This Epicure spice mix is:

  • sweet and tangy with an authentic Thai taste, and has
  • tamarind, garlic and cilantro for true Southeast Asian flavours.
Mixed Epicure Pad Thai Seasoning in measuring cup, veganenvy.com
I decided to use a package of Medium Tofu and a package of Extra Firm Tofu.  The Medium will crumble like eggs (eggs are common in pad Thai) and the extra firm tofu will be solid like chicken or shrimp.
Medium firm and Extra Firm Tofu in packages

Once the vegetables were tender, but still with a bit of a crunch, they were done.

I added the cubes of tofu and stirred them in.

Then I added the sauce.

Vegan Tofu Pad Thai with Epicure seasoning sauce in wok, no oil

I was very careful not to put the noodles in the boiling water until just before the vegetables were done, because the noodles truly only take 5 minutes to cook.

I rinsed the brown rice noodles with cold water to remove extra starch, and added them to the wok.

Vegan Pad Thai - Stir in the Noodles in the wok

Homemade Sriracha Sauce

I also decided to make homemade Sriracha sauce using an Epicure mix, ketchup, and vinegar.

Sriracha sauce really enhances the Pad Thai for adults.

 

Squeeze some lime on each plate (or lemon) and serve.  It was really, good, the kids gobbled it up.
Kids enjoying vegan Pad Thai
 
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I forgot to do this for my photos, but add some chopped peanuts to your Pad Thai!  It makes a huge flavour and texture impact.
plates of Vegan Pad Thai with tofu for family and friends

I will work on a Vegan Pad Thai sauce recipe, from scratch

Until I write that recipe, if you are in Canada, please feel free to buy this healthy, oil free, vegan Pad Thai mix from my Epicure website.

The Epicure company is on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and cannot sell to other countries yet.

I hope you can use this recipe to create your own vegan Pad Thai – with a sauce that you have!  🙂

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Vegan Epicure Pad Thai Mix with Tofu
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Epicure Healthy Tofu Pad Thai - 20 minutes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Egg Free, Tofu, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 364 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This recipe uses a vegan Epicure Pad Thai seasoning mixture, to make a vegan pad thai, with tofu, broccoli, green pepper, carrots, and whole grain rice noodles and without oil.  

Ingredients

Pad Thai Seasoning

  • 1 package Epicure Pad Thai Seasoning Pack or store bought pad thai sauce, sorry I haven't invented my own seasonings yet! Suggest how in the comments!
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Vegetables and Tofu

  • 1 green pepper thinly sliced
  • 3 cups carrots in matchsticks
  • 4 broccoli crowns, about 8 cups chopped
  • 16 oz tofu 454g, medium, cubed
  • 12.35 oz extra firm tofu 350g, extra firm, cubed
  • 19.75 oz brown rice noodles 8 cakes, 560 g
  • 2 tbsp lime juiced, about 1 lime

Toppings

  • 2 tbsp peanuts chopped

Epicure Sriracha Sauce

Instructions

Prepare Pad Thai Sauce - 3 minutes

  1. Stir the pad thai seasoning mix with 3/4 cup (180 mL) hot water and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce.

Prepare Vegetables - 10 minutes

  1. On medium heat, stir fry green peppers and carrots for 3 - 4 minutes.  Add 1/4 cup or less of water if they start to stick.  Cover to speed cooking time.

  2. Add broccoli and cover, cook for 7 more minutes, stir frequently, until tender, but still bright green and slightly crunchy.

  3. Add medium cubed tofu and stir in so that it crumbles like scrambled eggs.

  4. Add extra firm cubed tofu and gently combine so that it stays in cubes.

Prepare Rice Noodles - 5 minutes

  1. In a large pot boil water for noodles.

  2. Once the vegetables are almost done, add 12 ramen cakes to boiling water per cake  Try for 2 cups of water per cake.  When noodles begin to unfold, after about 1 minute, separate gently with a fork and reduce heat to a low boil.  Continue to cook for 3 minutes or until the noodles are just soft.

  3. Strain through a colander, and rinse with cold water.

Combine and Serve

  1. Add cooked rice noodles to the vegetables with the prepared sauce, tossing to heat through.

  2. Serve immediately, with freshly squeezed lime juice, sriracha sauce, and chopped peanuts.

Nutrition Facts
Epicure Healthy Tofu Pad Thai - 20 minutes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 347mg 14%
Potassium 1090mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 8g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 159.5%
Vitamin C 277.7%
Calcium 15.6%
Iron 16.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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