Healthy Pad Thai

By Marissa Vicario

In my past life as a junk food vegetarian, I ate a lot of pad thai. Now when I have a craving for comfort food, it’s usually pad thai so I wanted to create something that wouldn’t leave me feeling bloated and tried but would satisfy the craving in a healthy way.

Healthy Pad Thai


1 small spaghetti squash (1.5 to 2 pounds)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 ½ Tbsps. mirin (rice wine vinegar)

1 ½ Tbsps. fish sauce (I used a gluten-free teriyaki sauce)

½ jalapeno, minced

 1 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. grape seed oil

3 cups thinly sliced mustard greens (or any other leafy green)

1 container extra-firm tofu (14 oz.), cut into 1/4-inch cubes

4 large eggs, whisked

peanuts, chopped

cucumber, chopped

pea shoots


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . Slice squash in half length-wise, scoop out seeds and prick all over with a knife. Coat flesh with oil and roast on a rimmed baking sheet about 1 hour, or until tender when pierced.
  2. Whisk together lemon juice, mirin, teriyaki sauce, jalapeno and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer; keep warm over low heat, whisking occasionally.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add greens and saute 1 minute. Stir in tofu and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and pour in eggs. Let sit 30 seconds, then stir constantly until eggs are just cooked, about 2 minutes more. Turn off heat.
  4. Using a fork, scrape squash from shell. Transfer strands to skillet and fold into egg mixture. Drizzle with sauce, stirring to incorporate. Garnish with peanuts, cucumber and pea shoots.

Marissa Vicario is a Certified Integrative Health Coach, a 2009 graduate of IIN, and the Founder of Marissa’s Well-Being and Health. She teaches women how to make slimming, nutritious and energizing choices without relying on fad diets.

4 thoughts on “Healthy Pad Thai

    1. Hi Elise, in Marissa’s case she uses teriyaki sauce rather than fish sauce to keep the recipe vegetarian. Depending on your dietary needs you may choose whichever you like best. Hope this helps!

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