Adeline Alley – Pad Thai

Adeline Alley Pad Thai

After a little hiatus – we’re back! Ok well just really for one off recipes but “Hi friends!”

The hardest part of this recipe is making sure you have the ingredients — but once you have them this takes 15 minutes from start to finish! There’s nothing fancy about this recipe, but I may never get takeout Thai again.

We found tamarind paste at Whole Foods, fish sauce from the Asian/international aisle of your grocery, and we’ve tried three different types of Shiritaki Noodles – one from an Asian market ($1.15 per package), “Magic Noodles” from Whole Foods ($2.99 per package) and Tofu Shiritaki Noodles from Kroger.

The beauty of the Shiritaki Noodles is that they range from 0 to 20 calories per serving.  Yes, you read that right! And only 1-3 carbs. They are a Japanese product derived from yams and are mainly made up of glucomannan, an indigestible fiber that is great for probiotic health!  They seem too good to be true, but most nutritionists agree that these little noodles are actually pretty amazing for you.  If you can’t find shirataki noodles though, feel free to substitute rice noodles.

Pad Thai Sauce

Makes 3-4 servings

1 – 1 1/2 Tbs. Tamarind Paste

3 Tbs. Fish Sauce

2 Tbs. Brown Sugar

1 Tbs. Tamari or soy sauce

1 tsp. Siracha

1/4 c. Chicken Broth

Stir together until sugar dissolves.

Keeps well in fridge.

Pad Thai Ingredients

Egg (1 per serving)

Chicken or shrimp

Green onions

Cilantro

Rice or Shirataki Noodles

Grapeseed or olive oil (smallest amount)

For Shirataki Noodles

Drain and thoroughly rinse noodles (ignore smell, will go away during cooking)

Add noodles to dry skillet over medium heat, while you chop the other ingredients.

After 7-10 minutes remove the noodles from the pan.

If starting with uncooked protein add it now, sauté it. Then on one side of skillet scramble an egg.

Once scrambled add in remaining ingredients.

If using cooked protein add it now, as well as green onions, cilantro and just a spritz of oil in pan.

After warming all ingredients toss back in the noodles and pad Thai sauce, until mixed together and warm.

Serve immediately.

I add extra siracha and cilantro. Chopped peanuts, lime and bean sprouts would be great additions too.

Turkey for Two

Scenario – You want turkey on Thanksgiving even if : you are working and cannot make it to your family’s Thanksgiving feast; you live across the country and its just not feasible; all of your children are off celebrating with in-laws; you just want to kick it solo but still want the deliciousness that comes with the holiday.  We’ve got you covered.

This turkey is so much easier than dealing with the big bird and gives you every single bit of the flavor for less time, money, and effort. Side note: this feeds 4-6 but we are factoring in turkey sandwiches/leftovers.

** This turkey is so good and easy that we are buying an extra to keep in our freezer. Grocery stores have them everywhere  now but hard to find after the holidays. This will taste great any time of year – especially in a cold, dreary month like February.

Easiest Turkey Ever

4 lb. bone-in turkey breast

Mayonnaise

Salt and Pepper

1 – Lemon, sliced

1 – Onion, sliced

Rosemary – a couple of fresh sprigs

Pat dry. Coat turkey breast in mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Place on top of sliced lemon, onions and sprigs of rosemary. Roast for 45 minutes at 425.

 

Our Neutral Nursery 

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I immediately began to day dream about our nursery. I loved the idea of getting to create a room from a blank slate for our little bitty baby to begin in. Since we knew before we ever got pregnant that we weren’t going to find out the gender of the baby, nursery planning was a little more challenging but in the best sort of way. We were able to use a combination of things we already had or had been given with new carefully selected items for Baby Clark. My goal was to create a timeless room that was not too “baby-ish” but still sweet, gender neutral and with a few pops of color. I started with our rug and think we ended up with a combination of sweet and neutral — but not too sweet or too neutral. If nothing else at least the nursery is Hattie, our resident nana dog, approves.

Special thanks to all of our friends who helped with decision making (Rachel Turnage, paint color – Benjamin Moore, Floral White; John White, rug resource) and a big shout out goes to Anna Beth Godfrey for her curtain knowledge, expertise and craftsmanship! — She will have an Etsy page soon, and you guys have to check out her work!! The curtain fabric is a neutral buffalo check from Fabric House in Nashville, but looks a little more like a cabana stripe in the lighting of these pictures, regardless I’m obsessed with the way they turned out.

Nursery details:

Glider – Best Furniture

Ottoman/pouf – AllModern.com

Side table – Overstock.com (!)

Baby armoire – Antique, hand-me-down

Lamp – Target (!)

Crib – White Jenny Lind

Crib Bedding – RH Baby, as well as coordinating quilt on back of glider

Art above armoire and crib are pieces that we already had – the Winnie the Pooh pastels were in Julia’s and my room as babies.

Art next to changing table – Lamb by Eden Flora

Lucite Shelves – Greeting card holders! Found online for $7 each! We have 5 in a row and they are one of my favorite parts of the nursery. Score!

Changing Table/Dresser – A piece Grant bought on Craigslist years ago. I refinished it with chalk paint from Home Depot to serve as our changing table and dresser. Side note, I am NOT a DIY-er but this was surprisingly easy. I stripped, painted and “distressed” it over two afternoons for about $50. Is it perfect? Definitely not but definitely worth the couple of hours of effort versus spending $1000+ on a dresser from any of my favorite baby stores.

What do you guys think?! I cannot wait for baby to be here and to add some extra touches of pink or blue! Thank you for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers over the last nine months. 

Summer Berry Overnight Oats

This is one of my favorite breakfasts to make and have on hand. It may seem like a lot of ingredients but the beauty is that you probably already have the majority of these in your kitchen.  All you do is throw everything into Tupperware, and this healthy, summery, filling breakfast will keep for days.


Summer Berry Overnight Oats
Measurements to the left are for one serving and to the right are for about a week’s worth.. 3 to 4 mornings at least.

1/4 c. // 3/4 c. Rolled Oats

1 Tbs, // 3 Tbs. Chia Seeds

1/8 tsp. // 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp .// 1/4 tsp. Almond Extract

1/3 c. // 1 c. Your favorite Summer berries, I used a combination of fresh strawberries and frozen blueberries because this is what I had on hand

1 Tbs. // 3 Tbs. Shredded Coconut (optional)

1/2 c. // 1 1/2 c. Almond Coconut Milk Blend, Unsweetened

Combine well in Tupperware. Let refrigerate overnight.

In morning serve with a dollop of peanut butter or your favorite nut butter.  Enjoy!