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Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Vegan Black Metal Chef first popularized his version of this excellent recipe for pad Thai, one of our favorite dishes, and although we've made a few variations -- we like more rice noodles and a little less sugar -- it's always fun to follow along with the video. Vegetarians can fry up an egg per serving and stir it in before dishing up dinner -- but without that addition, this is a wholly vegan (and delicious) meal sure to impress your dinner companions.

See also: - Edamame and corn salad for an easy lunch on Meatless Monday - Spinach-and-chickpea coconut curry for a quick, easy dinner on Meatless Monday - Thai-style green curry for dinner on Meatless Monday

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 16-ounce package firm tofu 2 packages rice noodles (you can use only 1 if you prefer) 1 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup peanuts 2 tablespoons tamarind paste 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1-2 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoons salt Water (cover to fill ingredients) 7 cloves garlic 1/2 bunch cilantro 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce (to taste) 1/4 cup peanut butter 10 green onions 1 package bean sprouts 1 tomato Coconut oil or other oil to cook with Lime, peanuts and cilantro leaves to garnish

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

1. Place the rice noodles in a large bowl and fill with water to cover. Let noodles soak while you prepare the other ingredients.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

2. Slice the tofu into triangles (about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick).

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Line a large plate with paper towels or a couple of clean cloth towels. Arrange the tofu triangles on top and then layer on more paper or cloth towels. Use another plate or the bottom of a cast-iron skillet to add weight to the top (you can place large cans on top of the plate/pan for even more weight). Let the towels pull the water out of the tofu while you make the sauce.

 

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

3. Place the peanuts in a food processor. (You can also use a plastic bag and a large pot or a rolling pin to crush them.)

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Crush them into small pieces.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

4. Put the crushed peanuts and the sugar in a large bowl. (And heat a large skillet on medium-high heat with a lot of coconut oil to fry up the tofu.)

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the tamarind paste, salt, garlic powder and chili powder.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Fill the bowl with about 3 cups water.

 

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Peel and press the garlic into the sauce, and add the vinegar.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Rinse the cilantro and tear the leaves off, throwing them into the sauce; add the Sriracha sauce, too.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the peanut butter and whisk everything together until all the lumps are dissolved. The oil should be hot by now, so start frying the tofu, flipping after a minute or two on each side, until golden-brown; place on a plate lined with paper towels.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

5. Cut the ends off the onions and cut into inch-long pieces.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Rinse and chop the tomato.

 

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

6. In a large pot, heat some more coconut oil (just a couple of tablespoons will do) over medium heat. When it's hot, add the tomato.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the bean sprouts.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the onions.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Cook for three to four minutes, stirring well.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the tofu, which should be done by now.

 

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the sauce.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Drain the noodles and add them, and add enough water to just cover everything. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes, until the extra water has been absorbed and the sauce is thick.

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Looks ready!

Vegan pad Thai for a delectable dinner on Meatless Monday

Serve immediately with lime wedges, peanuts and cilantro leaves for garnish.



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