Happy Monday friends! Well, actually I’m writing this post on Sunday night as I sit in the Chicago airport waiting for my flight home, but it’s close enough, right?
Speaking of Chicago – you guys, we just had the BEST weekend getaway, complete with a family wedding, a little city exploring, spectacular eats, and finally seeing Hamilton (we got the tickets like 9 months ago, so it’s been a long time coming)!!
I told you guys last week that I absolutely adore city traveling. I just can’t get enough of exploring new cities, finding our way through the different neighborhoods, trying the local eats, and walking, walking, walking! Since we were mostly in the area for a wedding in the suburbs, we only got to spend about a day and a half in downtown Chicago, but our short time was absolutely fabulous.
The highlight of our trip was, of course, seeing Hamilton— which was, honestly, beyond words. Nate and I have been listening to the soundtrack for quite some time and we’ve both actually read the Ron Chernow book that inspired Lin Manuel Miranda, so I guess you could say we were a little excited 😉
We were absolutely blown away by the Chicago cast and how incredible the production was. Of course, as we all know, the music is fantastic, but the way they choreographed every detail and movement in the show was just incredible. And I was a little nervous about how I would adjust to the new voices and interpretations of the characters (since the soundtrack features the original cast), but it was SO cool experiencing these new actors and actresses and watching the music in action. I swear, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
Anyways, before I talk about this for 3,000 words, let move onto the food! I’ve got a full Chicago post coming your way in the next few weeks detailing some of our amazing eats and sights around the city (and ‘burbs), so I’ll save the rest for later. But for now— let’s talk about these NOODLES!
I’ve told you all before how much I love Lotus Foods products. Their noodles are not only vegan and gluten free, but they’re seriously some of the most delicious rice noodles I’ve EVER had.
Typically I cook with their brown and black rice ramen noodles, but today I’m using one of their new Pad Thai Rice Noodles. To make pad thai (naturally). But not just any old pad thai.
MISO VEGETABLE PAD THAI! I’m not excited about it or anything 😉
So basically I adapted your typical pad thai recipe, but instead of using fish sauce, I substituted my favorite go-to (and super healthy) miso paste for that salty, earthy taste, making these noodles not only DELICIOUS, but also naturally vegan. I also kept this recipe fairly simple— like most of my dishes— and quick enough that you can though this meal together on a weeknight or busy weekend.
All you need to do is sauté some veggies, boil some rice noodles, whisk up the sauce, and combine! Easy as that! The result: this saucy, slurp-able, slightly spicy, perfectly tangy, healthy bowl of peanut noodles. Just how I like my Thai food.
If you’re super interested in trying this recipe, head over to my Instagram account because Lotus Foods and I are giving away a free package of these Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles to one lucky winner!
Have the most wonderful week everyone!