Dinner with Debbie-Zoodle Pad Thai

You know how much I love cooking and experimenting with many types of food. Sometimes this can get me in trouble when it comes to staying on track with a healthy diet. On the other hand, I’m learning that I can also use this passion for cooking to modify my favorite dishes into healthier and equally delicious versions. About six weeks ago we started a weight loss journey with PHD Weight Loss. I’m happy to say I’ve lost 20 pounds so far and I like how I feel. With their advice and suggestions, I put my spin on a dish we’ve been eating for years. This is a version of Chicken Pad Thai in which I replaced regular noodles with spiralized zucchini “zoodles”. They are actually delicious and we have used them in several dishes. I also realized that I didn’t have to drown everything in thick sauces to get delicious results. I upped the spices and fresh herbs to end up with flavorful dishes that pack a punch without all the stuff I don’t need. It’s an eye-opening discovery and I’m having a lot of fun learning! Hope you enjoy this Zoodle Pad Thai as much as we do!

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce (optional)
* 1-2 courgettes (to make your “zoodles”)
* 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Aminos OR Tamari (if not using fish sauce, you can make 3 T)
* 2 tablespoons of erythritol or stevia
* 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to taste
* 2-3 tbsp fresh lime juice
* 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil for cooking
* 2 minced garlic cloves
* 2 lbs of fresh shrimp or chicken
* 2 eggs lightly beaten
* 1 C. bean sprouts

GARNISH:

* 3 green onions thinly sliced
* ½ cup fresh cilantro or basil leaves (diced)
* lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Mix the sauce ingredients together (fish sauce if using, aminos, stevia, cayenne pepper and lime juice). I prepped it ahead of time for quick assembly later. Heat a frying pan and add the coconut oil. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add chicken or shrimp, cook until just cooked through. Push the chicken or shrimp to the side as you pour in the beaten eggs. Cook until scrambled. Add the prepared sauce and mix everything together. Add the zoodles and mix for 1-2 minutes. Feel free to add bean sprouts if desired. Garnish with green onions and cilantro. I added a pinch of red pepper flakes. A squeeze of fresh lime is essential in my opinion. Enjoy!

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