2020 is here. Can you believe it? I’m still in disbelief. Or denial. Probably because the last 3 weeks have been a complete whirlwind. I’m not even sure how it’s January already! Blake and I spent the last 3 weeks traveling to California and all over Texas for the holidays, birthdays, engagements, etc. Let’s just say, I’m real happy to be home and back to my routine!
I created this spicy garlic noodle recipe at the end of 2019, but haven’t had a chance to share it until now. Here’s the background: I think I’ve had pad thai twice in my life, yet it is easily one of my favorite foods. Given my current lifestyle and dietary limitations, I obviously can’t eat pad thai anymore. That is, until I created my own Paleo pad thai.. Or as I call is “spicy garlic noodles!”
What are spicy garlic noodles?
These spicy garlic noodles are my own take on traditional pad thai. Traditional pad thai includes a mix of noodles, meat or fish, veggies, and a delicious peanuty sauce. The flavor is nutty and garlicky with a hint of sweet and spicy. The spice definitely isn’t overpowering, but if you aren’t a fan of spice, you can easily omit it.
This Paleo-approved recipe is made with spaghetti squash, nut butter, and coconut aminos for a nourishing, delicious, filling dish.
How do you make Spicy Garlic “Noodles” with Prawns?
To make Spicy Garlic “Noodles” with Prawns, you want to start by cooking your spaghetti squash. While the squash is cooking, you can start sautéing your veggies in cooking fat. Lastly, add the prawns to the veggie mix since they typically cook quickly- within about 5 minutes.
Last but not least, prepare your sauce by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Add your spaghetti squash to the dish and pour your sauce on top. Serve warm!
What are the key ingredients for Spicy Garlic “Noodles?”
Spaghetti squash a great gluten free, Paleo alternative to noodles. I’ll be the first to admit that the texture definitely isn’t the same as traditional noodles, but once covered with sauce and seasonings, the flavor is mighty good. Spaghetti squash is low in calories and carbohydrates, slightly sweet in flavor, and the texture a bit crunchy.
Traditionally, pad thai (as well, as other Asian noodle dishes) is loaded with garlic. Not only does garlic add a ton of flavor, it is also a potent antioxidant to boost your immune system.
Similar to garlic, chili flakes are a common ingredient in pad thai and they add quite a bit of spice to the ditch. Feel free to leave out the chili flakes, if you aren’t a fan of spicy foods. However, I highly recommend adding them!
Coconut aminos are my absolute favorite teriyaki or fish sauce alternative. It’s what gives the sauce a slightly sweet flavor, making it irreplaceable in this recipe.
I love me some peanut butter and this dish wouldn’t be the same without it. Always use a natural peanut butter (with only “peanuts” listed on the ingredient label). You can use a different nut butter, if you want (see substitutions below)!
What are the recipe substitutions for Spicy Garlic “Noodles?”
Spaghetti Squash: You can substitute the spaghetti squash for zucchini noodles, Banza pasta, or your favorite gluten-free alternative.
Peanut Butter: Opt for any other nut butter- preferably, almond or cashew. Make sure to always choose a natural nut butter, by checking the ingredient label.
Prawns: Try using shredded chicken, salmon, or soft-boiled eggs as a replacement.
Spicy Garlic "Noodles" with Prawns
Spicy Garlic "Noodles" with Prawns is a Paleo-friendly take on tradtional pad thai. The dish is slighty sweet, a little nutty, & has a kick of spice!
- 4 cup cooked spaghetti squash
- 1 lb wild-caught shrimp
- 1 tbs cooking fat (ghee, coconut oil)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes (or cayenne pepper)
- 2 tbs coconut aminos
- 2 tsp peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- In a large skillet, heat cooking fat over medium and saute onion until it becomes translucent (about 5 minutes).
- Add mushrooms, garlic, sea salt, and chili flakes. Saute 5 more minutes.
- Finally, add prawns and cook until they turn opague/white in color (about 2 minutes). Reduce heat to low and add the cooked spaghetti squash to the skillet to warm (about 1-2 minutes).
- Combine coconut aminos, peanut butter, and ginger in a small bowl. Pour over the top of the noodles.
- Serve warm!