30 Minutes or Less: Happy Herbivore's "Cheater" Pad Thai

Quick. Easy. Inexpensive. Most importantly, delicious.


I made this for lunch today and didn't realize I forgot to pick up bean sprouts until it was time to add them. *sigh* The recipe is still good without them but I wouldn't leave it off next time because they "make" the dish.

All three of my kids ate this meal, so I would consider it kid-friendly.


¼ thick rice noodles (I used a 14 oz box)

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp red chili Asian sauce

¼ tsp garlic powder (I also added ½ tsp minced garlic)

¼ tsp ginger powder (I also added ½ tsp fresh ginger root, mined)

3 oz bean sprouts

Hot sauce, to taste


Prepare rice noodles according to directions on the package

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp of warm water and all other ingredients.


Use tongs and toss in mixture with rice noodles until evenly coated.

The leftovers are perfect for school or work lunches. :-) 


*You may need an additional tbsp of peanut butter and water to completely coat the noodles.

*A great addition to this meal would be tofu and/or steamed stir-fry veggies.

*None of the boys complained about the meal being spicy (because of the Asian chili sauce), so the tbsp probably isn't too much for kids.

*Since I didn't have bean sprouts (for the picture above), I added raw sunflowers and extra chili sauce to my plate for additional flavor.

Enjoy! The above measurements serve 3.

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