Paleo Pad Thai with Kelp Noodles

Paleo Pad Thai
Paleo Pad Thai

I'm fully back on the healthy eating wagon this week after what seemed like endless holiday indulgence. This paleo pad thai is my go-to favourite meal when I'm craving something a little fancier than plain meat and veggies after a long day (or a particularly hard cross fit workout!) The recipe - which I adapted to suit the ingredients I like and had on hand - comes from Cosmopolitan Primal Girl.

Kelp Noodles
Kelp Noodles

{kelp noodles soaking in water before cooking}

Paleo Pad Thai Recipe with Kelp Noodles

1. Remove kelp noodles from package and set to soak in a large bowl of cold water.

2. In a hot wok saute 2/3 cup thinly sliced cabbage, carrots, and green onions plus a handful of bean sprout in 1 tbs sesame seed oil. (Or substitute for whatever veggies you like!)

3. Make the sauce. Whisk together 2 tbs tamarind cooking paste, 2 tbs tamari/low sodium soy sauce, 1 tbs sesame oil, 1 tbs almond butter, 1 tbs lime juice, a minced clove of garlic, 1/4 cup chicked stock (or water) and a small pinch of chilli flakes (because I'm a wuss).

4. Add sauce to the wok and toss in 20 jumbo peeled shrimp (defrosted).

5. When the shrimp have turned pink, add kelp noodes and stir everything around over a meduim heat for a few minutes until the noodles are coated in veggies and sauce. Top with chopped cashews and serve.

For vegetarians, this dish would be great with fried tofu instead of shrimp. For non-vegetarians, be sure to check out Cosmopolitan Primal Girl's catalogue of other recipes.

pad thai veggies, sauce, shrimp
pad thai veggies, sauce, shrimp

Where to Buy Kelp Noodles in Australia?

Kelp noodles can be difficult to find. In Australia, ask around at your local health food store, or order them online from Raw Pleasure in Nerang, QLD. There's a case discount on offer, so get together with some friends to share the savings!

Kelp noodles are possibly the greatest food product I discovered in 2010. They work really well in Asian-style dishes and are just as satisfying as other noodles, but they're just bits of seaweed so they contain virtually no carbs or calories. The texture can be a little tough and chewy so I recommend snipping them into smaller strands with kitchen scissors and then simmering them in your sauce until they're really saturated and limp.

I'm curious to know what everyone things of the kelp noodles - love them, or loathe?

Catherine Roberts