This fabulous Paleo Chicken Pad Thai recipe is a part of a sponsored shop for Chicago Grocery Store #MyMarianos and #CollectiveBias. I absolutely loved it and I’m sure you will too!
I am a total foodie but I am only now learning how to cook real food (even though I frequent the Chicago Grocery Store but don’t always branch out much in terms of ingredients and cooking…)
It’s true. I’ve done a good amount of baking, both healthy and indulgent recipes, but I haven’t done much cooking of dinner food. It’s true – the main dinners I make are prepared in the Slow Cooker (like this Vegan Butternut Chili, one of my most popular dinner recipes) because it’s my savior and it does not require any cooking knowledge. However with my shift based on my recent dietary preference changes and moving away from sugar addiction, I have made one of my goals for this year to start cooking more food for dinner and lunch as leftovers.
You can only imagine the hours I spend online searching for recipes. But then it’s like how do I even begin? There are so many things I could make. I made a very good Thai Curry Chicken last week with Quinoa pasta and it lasted me most of the week for dinner and lunch. I want to make something else now, but what?
My favorite grocery store, Mariano’s, has a section in their website called Tastemakers where professional Chicago Chefs (aka Tastemakers) share their tips for cooking while shopping at Mariano’s. These are great tips for the aspirational foodie like myself! It’s great because it’s not recipes they focus on, it’s how to make the recipes and what makes their food special. It’s something that is perfect for a beginner cook but also an intermediate one as well. I found the website to act as a wonderful common thread between the amazing Chicago Chefs AND the aspirational foodie.
I watched the videos and got inspired. Some of the Chefs, such as Bill Kim and Rodelio Aglibot, mentioned Asian cuisine and that got me thinking. I want to make something Asian! Then listening to Chef Chris Pandel talk about using Spaghetti Squash as pancakes (how creative is that?!) I knew what I would do! Pad Thai!
So… my inspired dish is not entirely taken from one particular chef from the Tastemakers but it rather a combination of listening to each of them talk about what they enjoy and what flavors work best in what. Having them mention these different ingredients got my creative juices flowing and I put it all together and I knew I would make a great Asian dish. But I would make it Paleo! As soon as I heard about Spaghetti Squash I knew I had to use it as pasta. I’ve been meaning to use spaghetti squash for months now and it’s the perfect time!
So I didn’t want to buy Fish Sauce although it was mentioned in the videos because I don’t know how much of it I would actually be using in the future. But if it tastes salty and it seems to be frequently used with substitution as soy sauce, I figured I would go with the Coconut Aminos I recently got.
Now, the rest… I had to shop for. I was excited, I love shopping at Mariano’s because it seriously is a total experience each time. I love the samples, the atmosphere, the people, the beautifully laid out food. It’s such a great time. If you don’t like grocery shopping there you are lying to yourself, stop that! Haha.
I made the Spaghetti Squash according to my instructions and it went well. I was excited to dig in once I was done with the cooking to see how it would taste.. would it come close to the Pad Thai I love?
The verdict: it tasted just like regular Pad Thai!!! But so much healthier and not just that – totally PALEO! The Spaghetti Squash is a wonderful substitute for the rice noodles and the sauce makes the whole dish taste just fantastic. I also added a good amount of mushrooms cause, well, what’s not to love about those? And can I just say I LOVE cilantro and bean sprouts?! I’ve never used them before and I am SO buying them more often now, they totally transform the dish.
Another note, I don’t like nuts on my Pad Thai so I left them out here. You are welcome to sprinkle your dish with nuts on top if you prefer. Peanut are not paleo but if you don’t care about that, then go right ahead. You can also try cashews. I go nut-free!
Mmm… such an amazing dinner/lunch option. I am in love with this recipe. I’m glad I live alone and don’t have to share
This recipe is adapted from Gabby’s Gluten Free.
One more yummy photo for good measure. I like how these turned out!
Want more recipes I created with Mariano’s? Check these out:
Questions for you:
- Have you ever made your own Pad Thai?
- Do you like mushrooms?
Let us know in the comments below!