We have become pretty good cooks over the last few years and make some great meals. Today I’ll share our favourite meal. Vegan Pad Thai. This one is a regular in our meal lineup and we usually have it once a week. It’s simple to make, the kids always eat all of it (sometimes seconds) and it taste like going to a restaurant.
The Ingredients I use:
|Ingredients -Vegan Pad Thai||Cost||Calories||Protein (g)||Where did I buy it?|
|1/2 pack of chow mein noodles||$0.75||728||20||Walmart|
|1 tbsp of canola oil||$0.04||40||Food Basics|
|2 tbsp olive oil||$0.18||240||0||Costco|
|1 onion||$0.10||132||1||Walmart (bulk bags)|
|6 garlic cloves||$0.10||26||1.2||Walmart (1kg bulk bags)|
|A thumb of ginger||$0.15||15||0.5||Walmart|
|2 cups of chopped spinach||$0.75||50||4||Walmart (454g bags)|
|100g of tofu||$0.79||152||16||Costco (6 pack of firm tofu)|
|1/2 cup of peanuts||$0.33||330||12||Walmart (1kg bulk bags)|
|2 tbsp soya sauce||$0.12||14||2.6||Walmart|
|1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce||$0.07||5||0||Walmart|
I chop the garlic, onions and spinach, grate the ginger, and cut the carrots into thin slices with the peeler. Set them aside.
You can use kale instead of spinach. I normally just use whatever is cheaper that week.
The tofu may need to be pressed (with paper towels) to dry depending what kind you have. Once it’s pretty dry, I chop it into small cubes (under 1cm). Then I cook them in a little bit of canola oil for 10 minutes. Stirring/flipping often. Once they are well done, put them aside.
Crush the peanuts. I put them inside some tin foil and then crush them with something heavy.
Put 1 tbsp of canola oil in a large pan and cook all the vegetables. Once they are cooked, add in the tofu and peanuts. Stir it all together and keep it on low.
Boil the noodles for 3 minutes.
Add the noodles to the frying pan with the vegetables, peanuts and tofu.
Add in the soya sauce, Sriracha sauce and olive oil. Mix it all together and keep on low for another 5 minutes. And you’re done!
There are many ways to make this vegan pad thai. You can put less or more ginger or garlic. You can add more tofu or peanuts to boost the protein level. Or you can add more carrots, onions or spinach. You can also adjust the amount of Sriracha, soya sauce or olive oil to your taste. I normally add some extra Sriracha sauce to my plate because I like it a little spicier.
If you try it, let us know what you think, or share other vegan budget recipes you have in the comments.
**Check us out on Twitter or join the email list!**