Vegetable Pad Thai


Another Marvelous Monday already? Oh how time flies!

Although Steve had a meet with his team on Valentines Day, we actually had some very special moments, and I loved that our gift ideas worked. We set a $10 limit, and had to be creative. We both made one another a gift, and it was really special, and meant so much more to us. You can head over to my Instagram account if you want to see what we made (and the cake I made) πŸ™‚

I also had a great 18 mile long run this weekend with Allie, and we wentΒ out to breakfast afterwards…..pancakes with sprinkles and chocolate chips, you do not get much more Tina than that πŸ˜‰

I am bracing for this giant storm that is arriving this morning. I am hoping it is not as bad as it is expected to be, but we will see just how well Kentucky handles 1 foot of snow, which is what is predicted right now πŸ™

I have mentioned before that I love things with crunch. Last week, I also told you how I am addicted to eating nuts. Poor Steve now has to deal with them venturing their way into meals. We have lots of peanut butter sauces, and this week, I decided to make a Pad Thai with lots of crunchy peanuts in there. I always loved Pad Thai in restaurants, but was always too intimidated of it to make it at home. I decided to give it a go, and I have to say I am SO glad I did. It was delicious, and so packed with nutrition, which is important during this point in my marathon training.

What are you bringing to Meatless Monday this week? Take the pledge, all I am asking for is ONE meatless day a week, thats easy isn’t it πŸ™‚ Will you join Confessions of a Mother Runner and I by linking up your meatless recipe?

This vegetarian pad thai a great recovery meal for runners, made by elite runner Tina Muir.

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Serves 10

Preparation time: 15 minutes


1/2 onion, sliced

1 tsp sesame oil

1 broccoli crown, cut into small florets, and the stalks cut into thin sticks

2 carrots, julienned into thin strips

1 celery stalks, cut into small pieces

1/2 red bell pepper, cored and cut into slices

1/3 cup peas

1/3 cup sweetcorn

1/3 cup chickpeas

1/3 cup black beans

1/2 cup bean sprouts

1/2 pack rice noodles

3 green onion stalks, cut into thin circles

1/3 cup cilantro

1/4 cup peanuts

1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted


2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp sriracha

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp lime juice


Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

Heat the 1 tsp sesame oil, and add the onion. Cook over a medium high heat for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

Add the broccoli and celery. Cook 5 minutes, and add the red pepper and carrots.

Stir in the peas, sweetcorn, cilantro, bean sprouts chickpeas, black beans, cilantro, most the green onions, and sauce. Cover, and cook for 5 minutes over a medium low heat.

Meanwhile, cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Drain the water, and stir into the vegetables.

Cook for 2-3 minutes, until heated through.

Sprinkle with peanuts, remaining green onions, and sesame seeds.

Nutritional Information

460 calories, 8g fat, 186mg sodium, 80g carbohydrates, 12g fiber, 14g sugar, 0mg cholesterol, 18g protein

How was your Valentines (Love) day? What meal have you been intimidated of making in the past….or still are?

For me, its still a Chicago style deep dish pizza….one day I will tackle it!

dinner, lunch, vegetarian

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  • That is very sweet about Valentine’s Day! It’s nice to set limits and have to get creative πŸ™‚ Good luck with the snow. I’m an expert with it by now so let me know if you need any advice πŸ™‚

  • I’ve forgotten about Pad Thai. Anything with but butter has my heart. Good luck with the storm!

  • yay for 18 miles and pancakes and pad thai! you know that’s my fav!!

  • I always love a good creativity challenge! And there is honestly no reason to spend a ton of money on Valentine’s Day–it really is about the pleasure of the company and the relationship. Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes, though I never order it, I only make it! Sweet and spicy and savory all at once!

  • This looks yummy! So glad your Valentine’s day turned out nice. Good luck with the snow today. It looks like we will get snow and then ice.

  • Lake Shore Runner
    February 16, 2015 7:36 am

    I love the sounds of the sauce and I like that you added black beans and garbanzo beans. Great additions! Haven’t had pad thai in forever but now want to make it.

  • Gluten-free and vegan! Perfect for me πŸ˜‰ Love Pad Thai but haven’t made it in ages!

  • I love crunch! Pad Thai is a favorite of mine but I’ve only tried making it at home once and it wasn’t great. Your recipe looks much more fool proof!

  • This sounds fantastic–pinned it! My husband’s favorite is pad thai, so I love the idea of heathifying it (that’s a word, right?). Great job on the 18–crazy that London/Boston are coming up so soon. Good luck with the snow–we are getting the same storm, which means my kids are about to have more days off and will be making them up until late in June. Boo!

  • Lauren Edwards
    February 16, 2015 8:21 am

    I just saw your Insta-post…you and Steve are so darn cute!! I’m so glad you had such a special Valentine’s Day and this Pad Thai dish looks delicious! Thai food is a major weakness for me!

  • Yum this looks like my kind of meal! I love siracha and rice noodles any day.

  • Looks delish! Pad Thai is one of my favorites. I often toss in tofu or tempeh for protein and chewiness. Have a great week. Hope you fare okay in the snow. Time for me to pull out the Yak Traks πŸ™

  • I used to love Pad Thai! Your photography is so beautiful too πŸ™‚

  • I actually had pad thai last night and was thinking about how I need to make my own! I’ve been trying to eat more meatless recently, so I have to bookmark all these recipes. Also, I can’t imagine running 18 miles right now…I have been so out of running but need to start building up my base again for a spring half. I ran 5 miles last week which has been my longest run since November =O

  • Ohhh I love pad thai! I’ve never had it meatless before.

  • Ahhhh… that Pad Thai looks amazing. I’ve started my juice fast in prep for my colonoscopy and it’s only 7am and I’m already starving! I’m sorry to hear about your upcoming weather. I hope Spring is just around the corner!

  • Lisa@runningoutofwine
    February 16, 2015 10:46 am

    This looks really good and it may be something I could get my husband to eat! (He doesn’t understand how meals can exist without meat in them). I hope that you guys make out ok with the snow! We are supposed to get 5-8 inches here but our predictions have been wrong all winter so who knows what will happen!

  • Very nice and Healthy Vegetarian-pad-thai, and I am sure tasty too.

    I have added a recipe of “Lentil stuffed bell pepper”, i am sending this recipe in a competition. This is the link-, please pin/like it.


  • I love your obsession with nuts…I have been consuming so much nut butter lately, but I have no regrets, because it is SO dang good…Thanks for sharing! I’d have to say Pad Thai is definitely a dish that has always intimidated me as well.

  • Poor Steve, if he doesn’t want all the nuts I will come over for dinner! I love nuts and nut butter and everything (except the high calories which means I can’t just sit and eat them all day long) about them. Your Valentine’s sounds so sweet, I loved the candy sign.

  • Pancakes after a long run is my favorite type of breakfast. πŸ™‚ This recipe looks so good! With Lent starting this week I need to find more meatless meals that have lots of nutrition.

  • I love pad thai, but have never attempted it at home either πŸ™‚ I’ll have to give this a try! Your Valentine’s Day looked really sweet πŸ™‚ And pancakes with sprinkles and chocolate chips….yum! Glad you found someone who could join you on your long run!

  • Oh heavenly days that looks amazing!!!

  • I love love love pad Thai! I had Thai food this weekend, which sort of squashed a craving but also kind of had me craving more. Doh!

  • Thai food is among my favorites. I’ll have to try this one out πŸ™‚

  • Everything about this recipe sounds delicious!

  • Fun that y’all made gifts – love the idea of setting a limit and being creative!!
    The Pad Thai looks awesome – I might add chicken because my boys wouldn’t consider it a full dinner otherwise:)

  • Yum! I LOVE Pad Thai but have struggled to find a recipe that doesn’t call for fish sauce – so I’m so glad you posted this! Going to try this one after we all dig out from snowmageddon in Virginia! Fingers crossed for you guys in Kentucky!

  • Love me some Pad Thai! This sauce is so simple too…perfection!

  • Love that cake you made for v-day – you two are such a great couple πŸ™‚
    I haven’t had Pad Thai in so long!! YUM!
    I am adding this to my growing recipe list!! πŸ™‚

  • Pad Thai, yes please send me some!! This looks amazing. Luckily I think I have all these ingredients. Look out lunch tomorrow since it’s currently sleeting and I have a half inch of ice on my deck!! Woohoo snow day!

  • Oh I love Pad Thai!! Will definitely have to try this. And I love the idea of making gifts for each other, what a great idea. I will have to remember that for next year. I hope you guys fair well with the snow. We are supposed to get about 8 inches here in DC as well! Stay warm!

  • Ahh, I love pad thai! I’m super impressed by your 18 mile run. I would probably eat lots of chocolate chip pancake and my arm as soon as I finished that.

  • Tina, I love this recipe! Way to go, just going for it. You have inspired me to do meatless Monday! Whoa…what am I going to make? Luckily, there is plenty of inspiration here! PS, Thanks for visiting my blog. But, I have to apologize, I responded as if you were my friend from the gym, your names are so close, and she’s a runner. LOL! It’s because your named looked familiar, and I haven’t seen her in awhile, and was so surprised to see she had a blog. Um…nope! Wrong Tina! LOL! Well, it brought me here, so it was meant to be. Take care!

    • Haha I didnt even notice, but YAY! I am SOOOOOO excited you will be joining us from now on. It is a lot of fun, just let your mind be creative, and make the most interesting thing you can come up with. I usually take a favorite meal, and then just replace the meat with some kind of protein. I look forward to seeing what you bring πŸ™‚ Glad we are connecting!

  • This is Jessica Joy @thefitswitch. Just so you know. lol

  • Sandra Laflamme
    February 16, 2015 10:54 pm

    Ohh, I’d love to try yourveggie pad thai. We made a traditional pad thai once and it was delicious. Love your sweet Valentine’s. A ten dollar limit sounds like a perfect idea πŸ™‚

  • carla birnberg
    February 17, 2015 5:25 am

    Im laughing we are SO SO SO UNBELIEVABLY ORGANIZED THIS WEEK (not) it is meatless TUESDAY up in herrre πŸ™‚

  • Ooh, Tina, you read my mind! I love pad thai! And I just picked up some frozen veggie pad thai from Trader Joe’s. I’m sure yours is much better. πŸ™‚ I love the crunch of nuts, too. Something so satisfying about eating them.

  • As a vegetarian, I love these “meatless Monday” posts around the web! This looks like a great recipe…pinning it for later this week. Thanks!

  • This looks like a fantastic recipe for pad thai! I love that you included so many vegetables – perfect for crunch and flavor. Also pretty to look at πŸ™‚

  • That looks soooooo yumm !!! I’m trying this out for sure! I love Pad Thai and I’m vegetarian.

  • Ooo! Love it Tina! This looks simple enough to make on a weeknight. I need to try and add this to my rotation but without the peanuts since Gabby is allergic. Maybe sunflower seeds? Or would that be weird.

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