Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Vegan Pad Thai


I'm a new fan of Pad Thai. There's a great Vegan Thai place near where we live, and since going a few months ago, I can't stop thinking about how great Pad Thai is. I've experimented a few times at home (since we'd be broke if we ate there every time I wanted to) and came up with this recipe. Obviously, this isn't a traditional Pad Thai, but still rather delicious and good in a pinch for a craving.

1/2 package of rice noodles
1/2 c broccoli
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 small onion
garlic powder, to taste
salt & pepper to taste
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp vegetable broth
1 tbsp crushed, unsalted peanuts.

Boil the rice noodles with the soy sauce and the vegetable broth. You have to be a little more careful with rice noodles, as they can easily overcook and become mush, so follow the directions on your package. Typically, they only need to boil for around 4-5 minutes, then should be rinsed quickly with cold water to keep them from cooking any further.

Dice your pepper and onion, and saute them with the broccoli in a bit of soy sauce. Add in the noodles and the spices, then add the Sweet and Sour sauce (below). Toss all ingredients until hot and well combined.

Serve hot with crushed peanuts sprinkled on top.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/2 c applesauce
4-5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp white vinegar
garlic powder, to taste
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Adjust spices and flavours to taste. Saute with Pad Thai noodles and vegetables.

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