Vegetable Pad Thai | Signs of Spring

by simplylife on March 14, 2013

The snow is melting, the sun is out longer and my scarves are in a bundle near the front door.  Do you know what this means?!  

Spring is just around the corner! 


Of all the signs that we may have really made it through another winter, do you know which one has me most excited?

That I was able to take my first picture this year of dinner using natural light!

I know this sounds completely absurd and makes me feel like a crazy food blogger, but it’s true; when I was able to take a photo of this meal without setting-up my Lowel EGO Light, I was ecstatic!


This is one of my favorite times of year.  I love watching people’s mood elevate as the sun shines on their face and they are able to spend more time outdoors.  I love the anticipation of another summer filled with beaches, flip-flops and backyard meals.  I love  the abundance of fresh berries, flowers and herbs that are in full bloom.

I also love how my appetite shifts and I start to crave lighter foods.  This Pad Thai is perfect for the transition into spring. It’s warm and comforting, which is perfect when there’s still a slight chill in the air, yet it’s still light enough so you can go for that evening walk after dinner without feeling weighed down.

Vegetable Pad Thai

by Simply Life

Keywords: stir-fry entree vegetarian broccoli Vietnamese


  • 8 ounces rice noodles
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large egg, light beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts


1. Prepare noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Set aside.

3. Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Add onion and cook 3 minutes. Then add peppers and broccoli and cook additional 3-5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add egg and cook, constantly stirring and scraping skillet with spatula until egg is almost set (about 30 seconds).

4. Add soaked noodles and prepared sauce to skillet. Cook while frequently tossing until noodles are tender, about 1 minutes. Top with peanuts, serve and enjoy!

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Another thing I am looking forward to during the warmer months?  Ice cream, frozen yogurt, popsicles and sorbet!

One of my favorite brands of popsicles in Whole Fruit so I was thrilled when they contacted me to try their sorbet!  The sorbet comes in 7 flavors;  I was sent the following flavors to try: Black Cherry, Strawberry, Peach, Mango and Lemon.

First I tried the Black Cherry and really enjoy the flavor.  It is creamy with actual pieces of black cherries throughout the sorbet!  I do wish there were slightly more chunks of real fruit but I really enjoyed trying these and know that I will be enjoying each of these flavors as the temperature continues to rise!



~What is your favorite sign of spring?

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  • Colleen

    This is definitely a great time of year! And this dish looks like the perfect way to celebrate the start of warmer weather!

  • Deepa

    Hope you get to see lots of sunshine and good weather…Pics are really looking bright with natural light…Comfort dish…

  • The Candid RD

    Yeah, I’ve been using the natural light of winter all winter long..because I do’t have one of those cool lights! Some days are certainly worse than others (And it shows in my photos!).
    I think I need to get fish sauce one of these days, as I see it in more and more recipes lately. Also, I LOVE that sorbet! My dad does too (he’s a sorbet guy).

    • Simply Life

      I just bought fish sauce for the first time- I’ve always been kinda scared of it! But it’s as easy as using any other condiment and just adds an extra subtle flavor!

  • Zomppa

    Is it really almost spring?? Woohoo!

  • yummychunklet

    Bright days and more colorful baked goods are my favorite signs of spring!


    Can’t wait for spring!!!! Ypur pictures are beautiful and the pad Thai looks delicious!

  • itzyskitchen

    Ow! I bet the lemon is fantastic. GREAT dish. My husbands a huge pad thai fan, I’m yet to master it at home. Yayy for spring and warmth!

  • Lisa Eirene

    That pad thai looks amazing!

  • wearenotmartha

    Your Pad Thai is beautiful!! I made one years ago, but for some reason never re-visited it. I tend to make Thai Beef Basil on an every other week basis! I used to be in LOVE with Whole Fruits’ coconut bars, but haven’t had them in forever. Must re-visit those (and the sorbet!) too!


    • Simply Life

      Ooh I’ve never had a coconut bar- sounds perfect for summer!

  • decocinasytacones

    Can you believe it?, we´ve gone back to snow since yesterday…..sea level…incredible…it´s freezing!!!!, SPRING IS CRAZY!

  • Lisa

    oh no – that means winter is coming for us 🙁

  • AlchemyInTheKitchen

    Yum – I usually have all these ingredients in a seemingly empty cupboard/fridge. As for Spring, I too am looking forward to hanging up my scarf and parking my boots. Favourite sign(s) of Spring – tiny lambs frolicking in the fields, daffodils, cherry blossom

  • Megan

    I was just saying yesterday that it will be so nice to be able to take dinner pics with natural light. We food bloggers must all think that way. I love seeing crocuses pop up. Always a sure sign of spring!

  • a farmer in the dell

    Cheers to natural light! your photos are gorgeous! I love the longer days and all the lovely smells in the fresh air right now!

  • Hannah

    SUNSHINE AND WARMTH I CAN’T WAIT. Longest. Coldest. Winter. I’ve. Ever. Experienced. Pad thai FTW!

  • Kim of Mo’Betta

    I know what you mean..I’ve been SO excited to take some natural light photos in the evenings!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I love all the sunglight. Such a nice change!

    This pad thai looks delicious. One of my favorite meals!

  • camille

    Leaving work while it’s still light out feels like playing hooky! Oh clock change, how I love you.

    • Simply Life

      haha- agreed!

  • Pas de Deux Blog

    Walking home from work the other day at 5:30pm in the SUNSHINE, you could *taste* the energy in the air as people come out of their winter hibernation! I love Spring and the way the light and colors help me to see things in new ways.

    This pad thai sounds so yummy, as does the sorbet! Yum!

  • Jolene (

    I love the puddles! We’re not there yet … we’re supposed to get another 15 cm of snow in the next day or two. It’s already higher than my waist in the backyard!

    • Simply Life

      Oh no! Hope the sun comes out soon!

  • Colleen

    I agree with you about this time of year, but I’m worried its going to get super cold again! Luckily this meal sounds great no matter what the weather!

  • Bee

    Please please please let Spring be here! I am so done with winter! I also love pad thai, and your homemade veggie sounds great!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    I LOVE vegetable pad Thai! Thanks so much for posting this recipe so that I can make it at home :).

  • meri

    there is something about the sauce for pad thai… its so addictive!

  • Urvashi Agarwal

    Mmmm nothing like a delicious pad thai my friend 😀


  • Brittany

    YES to the natural light lasting longer into the day!! This pad thai is calling to my soul.

  • Emily

    Hooray for snow melting (though my scarf is back!). I am so thrilled for spring weather… I also think that lemon sorbet sounds delightfully refreshing!

  • Mari’s Cakes

    I love spring, new leaves nice weather… and ICE CREAM! 🙂 This dish looks wonderful, I know I would enjoy the peanuts in it.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I, too, have been enjoying the natural light a lot! My favorite signs of spring are the birds that return – red winged blackbirds, robins… Lovely Pad Thai dish!

  • Libby

    I LOVE pad thai! Never had a vegetarian one though but this looks so yummy and perfect, even though we are approaching winter in Australia right now (sigh).

  • Shannon G

    the snow i’m seeing begs to differ about spring, but this certainly looks amazing!!

  • Mom

    Oooh, sherbet and sorbet. That’s always a lift to me 🙂 Loved your writing !!!

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