Easy Pad Thai


We have issues.

Now that I’m completely caught up on Parenthood (which, ya know I just gotta tell ya [channeling Zeek right there], I’m now experiencing this DARK EMPTY VOID OF LONELINESS AND DESPAIR. Sure I have ceiling fans to clean and book shelves to dust, yawn. But I miss it! I know it comes back on tonight, but that’s not nearly quick enough. And just one episode PER WEEK? What is this, Mayberry? Should I put out my empty milk jars on the front porch too? They need to think about a new format: six episodes per day, three in the morning and three at night. All in favor please riiiiiiise? Hmm, I know I opened a parentheses a long time ago and never closed it. I’ll close it now.)

Pad Thai

What I need is a distraction. Something to take my mind off the Bravermans and Hank and his glasses. I need BOOKS.

Okay this is good. A healthy realization. Okay. Help my soul.

Tell me what you’re reading, and what I should most definitely read right this instant or else set myself on fire and call it day.

What about Gillian Flynn’s other two books? Yay or nay?

And if you don’t rightly give two toot-a-loots, let’s just talk about this super easy Pad Thai for a smidge. Oh man oh man. It’s light, it’s vegetarian, it’s bright, it’s sproutasprarian. (shhhh) Weeknight friendly and waistline happy. And nothin’ better than coming together in a snappy!

Am I a lost cause?

Don’t answer that.

Super Easy Pad Thai fer ya!


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46 Responses to Easy Pad Thai

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 8, 2013 at 7:53 am #
    I live under a rock, I've never had Pad Thai. Need to change that. I just finished "The Secret Keeper" by Kate Morton, best book I've read in a while.
  2. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 8, 2013 at 7:57 am #
    Waistline happy, I'm all into that, especially when it can taste this good!
  3. Ann Marie January 8, 2013 at 8:14 am #
    I LOVE pad thai...and your posts. Thanks for making my morning!
  4. Kerry January 8, 2013 at 8:19 am #
    seeing as i pretty much bawled through the entire last episode - i have my tissues at the ready this time. :) loooooove that show. and also your food! YUM.
  5. Stephanie June January 8, 2013 at 8:37 am #
    Love your posts! Gillian Flynn's other books are great, BUT, since you asked, and I know you like to be scared,go for F.G. Cottom! Dark Echo or Room of lost souls. Scary ghosts during the Jazz age . Oh, and totally gonna make today' s recipe!
  6. Nancy P. January 8, 2013 at 8:51 am #
    Discovered pad thai about a year ago. Can not eat enough of it! I think of all of those years I missed out. Thanks for the recipe now I can make it at home. And I am in the middle of catching up on Parenthood, love that show!
  7. Kristen January 8, 2013 at 8:53 am #
    So my recommendations... Heft, Arranged by Catherine McKenzie, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, Shelter Me, and The Midwife's Confession. Also, don't you love Parenthood? Love love love it! :)
  8. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings January 8, 2013 at 8:53 am #
    I think all shows should be played in marathon format :) And this pad thai looks great!!
  9. Carrie January 8, 2013 at 8:56 am #
    UUuuugghhh! I forgot the trailer from last week made this week sound so juicy and now I have other plaaaannnnsss! Cursese upon me. I must know what Drew's gotten himself in to!
  10. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am #
    We just caught up too and I feel all sad inside too. My lovely husband secretly swapped out my iPhone background with Dax and a particularly wide-eyed open maw shot, and I miss P-hood so much that I haven't changed it back. Dax and his teeth all day long. It's something, I guess. I'm still in TV mode, so we're moving on to Downton Abbey (just finished the first episode, I feel so behind the times) and we're about five episodes into Friday Night Lights (so good). Still not the Bravermans though. Sigh. Okay, done whining, on to check out this fabulous-looking recipe (and it's vegetarian! Yay!)
  11. Paula - bell'alimento January 8, 2013 at 9:12 am #
    It's been WAY too long since I've had pad thai. Bring on the easy version!
  12. Darcy January 8, 2013 at 9:13 am #
    This looks so good! Definitely putting the ingredients on my shopping list. And if you're looking for a good book, I just got done with Bob Goss's "Love Does"....so good!
  13. Sharla January 8, 2013 at 9:19 am #
    Lately I only catch Parenthood in random spurts. I need to go on a parenthood spre like you so I understand when I finally see it!!
  14. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 8, 2013 at 9:47 am #
    It's too bad I don't like pad thai. Or coffee. Or chocolate. Or steamed pork dumpling. Oh wait. Those are all my favorite things in life.
  15. shelly (cookies and cups) January 8, 2013 at 10:06 am #
    Have you watched Homeland yet? The husband and I are almost done with season 2 now.. We watched the first 2 seasons in like 3 days. And now I have to face the realization that I am not a CIA asset. Sigh.
    • Bev Weidner January 8, 2013 at 10:32 am #
      I haven't watched Homeland yet but eeeeeeeeeveryone tells me I MUST! Because I AM a CIA asset, obvi.
  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 8, 2013 at 10:17 am #
    Such a fav in my house. Yum!
  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks January 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm #
    I love the looks of this. Crisp, crunchy, healthy, delish!
  18. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm #
    Looks fresh and delish! Have you given The Walking Dead a try? It's rather addictive too! As long as you're a fan of zombies...
  19. Megly January 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm #
    Ooh, pad thai and a book discussion -- two of my favorite things :) Right now I'm trying to get into the Winter Sea, which isn't super fast-paced, but I like the story. I also second a Kate Morton book, I'm planning to read her new one soon. Recently (besides Gone Girl ;) I've read Blackberry Winter and The Paris Wife, both of which I looooved. If you end up reading Gillian's other two books, please let us know what you think! And second I have to point out this recipe isn't vegetarian because it calls for fish sauce... but it does look super delish.
    • Bev Weidner January 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm #
      Oh shoot you're so right! For some reason fish sauce and worcestershire sauce never register as NOT vegetarian. Ugh! Thank you for the heads up on that. And thaaaank you for the book suggestions!
  20. DessertForTwo January 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm #
    You cracked me up with your parenthesis incident. Ok, I just finished reading The Paris Wife and I loved it. Right now, I'm reading The Optimist's Daughter (classic Southern lit makes my world go 'round.) So does pad thai.
  21. Kylee (USAKiwi) January 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm #
    I'm a huge fan of Pad Thai - it's one of life's little bowls of heaven!
  22. Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm #
    That's the thing about binging on TV shows on Netflix er whatever: I friggin live love and breathe the show every day...until I get all caught up. It's the worst. Aaaaand now I want pad thai.
  23. Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats January 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm #
    Have you read the Violets of March?? Sooo good :) I'm like 90% finished and I can't put it down. I may even have read some at work today during my lunch break. Pretty sure I'm not supposed to do that. Woops.
  24. Katie January 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm #
    I just started season 3 of Parenthood LAST NIGHT and I already don't want it to end. I don't know what the heck I'm going to do when it's over. Also, have you read the Baker's Daughter? Loved it.
  25. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm #
    Parenthood is so good. I started watching it this summer and am all caught up now. And how dare they make us wait an entire week (sometimes more!) between episodes!
  26. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts January 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm #
    Love pad thai - order it almost every time we go for Thai food. Believe it or not I get milk delivered to my front door in glass bottles :) And I live only 45 minutes from Denver, CO in a town of 160,000 people.
  27. Cassie | Bake Your Day January 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm #
    The time between episodes seems like FOREVER now. Pad Thai can definitely hold me over. Maybe.
  28. Ellen Renee January 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm #
    I have been in super busy mode once fall hit and I had 6 - yes 6 episodes of Parenthood piled up in the DVR...it was killing me. Just had my 1st nice calm uncommitted weekend...guess what I did. I savored every single moment...and like you now I feel like an addict needing my fix of the Bravermans!
  29. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen January 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm #
    Yay! Pad Thai! I'm totally tearing this up some day soon. As for books, I'm reading the last book in the Game of Thrones series, and I loooooooooooooooooooooove them! They are huge, bulging books, but I think they are quick reads!
  30. Aggie January 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm #
    Man, do I love Pad Thai. Now I'm craving it. I should probably learn to make it (going to check recipe). And wow on finishing Parenthood. I fell off during the holidays, but gearing back up for some marathons. I miss those people. I never want it to end! Have you watched Friday Night Lights?
  31. Aggie January 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm #
    Hmmm, as for books. I was wondering about those other Gone Girl author books too, I've heard mixed reviews. I just finished Saving Max and am reading The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. I'm struggling to finish this last one and then will be searching for my next read...
  32. Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm #
    Sooo I really need to get on the Parenthood train... what's my problem? But curling up with a bowl of this sounds perfect because I really do love me some pad thai! :)
  33. Cookbook Queen January 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm #
    Oh how I love Parenthood!! I once was like you...watching episode after episode, until I was finally caught up and forced to watch only one a week like (GASP!!) normal human beings. I just find a new series to keep the shakes away. I recommend Scandal, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, or Greys. Also, when are you bringing me my birthday lunch? No need to make a huge fuss, I'll just take a huge plate of this ;)
  34. Amy @Macncheesenpeas January 9, 2013 at 10:23 am #
    I'm obsessed with pad thai, but I kinda assumed it was too hard to make at home. I'm definitely trying this ASAP. I wanna make it to impress my girlfriends at our next dinner party. Thanks for the easy recipeasy!
  35. Lisa January 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm #
    Do you watch Breaking Bad? We recently donated a week of our lives catching up on the first 5 seasons. Powerful. Bookwise, Oprah's selection, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie was money. I'm currently reading Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, book one of a trilogy. Delicious historical fiction.
  36. Ross | TheFaceBaby January 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm #
    ohhhhhh sproutasprarian ... you little word ninja, you. It's okay for dudes to like Parenthood, right? Sometimes I think I should get annoyed with all of the crying, and I usually do with other shows, but I don't with Parenthood. Hopefully it's accepted and manly, otherwise just pretend I said "SportsCenter."
  37. erin smith January 10, 2013 at 7:32 am #
    Gillian Flynn's other two books are just as page-turning!!
  38. Janelle January 11, 2013 at 8:42 am #
    I came here for the pad thai and stayed for the Parenthood chat. I could not agree with you more that there should be multiple episodes on at once. I say that every week!! And, I want to marry Joel. That is all. :)
  39. Heather Christo January 11, 2013 at 10:07 am #
    Oh no. Do I need to watch parenthood? Like back seasons? I feel like I am missing out. Pad thai looks so good- I have tried to make it at home a million times and finally resigned to just buying it- but now I will try your recipe :)
  40. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm #
    I really need to get on the Parenthood bandwagon! And yes for pad thai! Nothing beats the homemade version, right?
  41. Michelle January 17, 2013 at 11:21 am #
    I loved all three of Gillian Flynn's books. They are very different from one another, but good in their own way. Sharp Objects is a tad disturbing (didn't keep me from reading twice!). I hated the ending of Gone Girl!!
  42. Brynn February 3, 2013 at 8:04 am #
    Just stumbled across your blog when I searched for Pad Thai. I'm going to try the recipe and I will keep coming back, if nothing else than to hear from another adoring Parenthood fan! I still have the season finale to watch on DVR, but I feel I need to savor it since it will be a long winter, spring, and summer with out it!


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