Roughly 67.3% of my diet circa 2000 consisted of Pad Thai. I had the blinders on so hard, I could barely see straight, much less acknowledge other foods. I’d rate Thai restaurants based on the quality of their Pad Thai alone. Too dry? Too oily? The perfect chicken-to-shrimp ratio? Al dente noodles just the way I like? All the right sauce in all the right places? I practically had a score card.
But true to form, the high volume of Pad Thai I consumed eventually yielded diminishing returns until I basically lost interest. It had been a several-year stint since I had eaten the noods…but then one of my girlfriends made a spaghetti squash Pad Thai for dinner, and I about blew a gasket. In a good way, people. In the best way. Visualize it? Yeeeeah!
Now that I’ve bared my renewed unrelenting obsession for Pad Thai, lemme just say this recipe is super inauthentic. Really great, though!
Normally, Pad Thai is made with rice noodles and includes bean sprouts, chicken, scrambled egg and a peanut sauce. So basically, this recipe bears little, if any, resemblance to the real deal. But titling it for what it is: Spaghetti Squash with Sauteed Shrimp, Bell Pepper, and Cashew-Ginger Sauce just seemed to downgrade the meal from awesome status. Ergo, here is my extremely loose interpretation of the classic dish. If you are looking for a traditional recipe, check out this Pad Thai from Closet Cooking.
The important features you need to know are the following:
- Gluten-free and Grain-Free
- Hypoallergenic <- I kid, but seriously…unless you’re allergic to cashews.
- Super healthful
- Easy to prepare
- Heaven fairies for your head hole
Preparation deets? It takes a bit of time on account of the squash roasting, but it’s fairly simple. If you’ve never roasted a spaghetti squash, follow my tutorial on How to Roast Spaghetti Squash. While the squash is in the oven, you can make the rest of the recipe. Saute the veggies, scoot them to one side of the skillet, then sear the shrimp. Once that portion is finished, whiz up the cashew-ginger sauce in a little blender. Spaghetti the squash, then add it to the skillet with the veggies and shrimp. Pour in the sauce and BINGO we’ve won the awesome meal lottery.
Jump on it!