Vegan Budget Cooking Series: Pad Thai

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 carrots $0.30 50 1 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
TOTAL $3.68 1782 58.3
Per Serving $0.92 446 15

Step 1:

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.

Step 2: 

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.

Vegan Pad Thai

Step 3:

Crush the peanuts. I put them inside some tin foil and then crush them with something heavy.

Vegan Pad Thai

Step 4:

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.

Vegan Pad Thai

Step 5:

Boil the noodles for 3 minutes.

Vegan Pad Thai

Step 6:

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!

Vegan Pad Thai


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.

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