One of my favorite cookbooks for vegan recipes is Thug Kitchen, Eat Like You Give a F#ck! Yep, that’s the name. The cookbook has some controversy around it because the cookbook and (former) blog uses vulgar stereotypes to promote its message. The creators, who turned out to be a young white couple, worked “undercover” until the cookbook became super popular. There was appropriate backlash and so they renamed the blog Bad Manners and rebranded themselves. Regardless of the rough launch, the recipes in the cookbook are full of traditional recipes that are healthier than their originals, and have so much flavor I dare carnivores to see if they miss the meat in them.
This Vegetable Pad Thai with Fried Tofu recipe is adapted from a recipe in the Thug Kitchen cookbook. The sauce is the same recipe from the book however I changed up the toppings and noodle recipe. This is something I do to most recipes simply because I usually have food in the fridge that I need to use up or I may not have an ingredient. There’s usually a good substitution in my kitchen. Never be afraid to alter a recipe… that’s how new recipes and recipe variations are born!
The tofu is very easy to fry so don’t let that stop stop you from making this recipe. I used a tiny bit of oil in the pan to brown the tofu but you could absolutely use no oil if you want to make it oil-free. If you aren’t a fan of tofu instead you can always air-fry or roast some chickpeas that have been tossed in a bit of oil and salt.
I have craved asian take-out lately but Brian and I are not eating foods from restaurants right now due to Covid. This Pad Thai satisfied my craving, was easy to make, the noodles weren’t soggy and I didn’t have to change out of my pajamas to go get it.
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