Shrimp Pad Thai


(Pitta – add in hot chili sauce for Kapha)

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Serves 4-6

¼  cup low-sodium teriyaki sauce
¼ cup hot water
3 tablespoons creamy almond butter
¼  teaspoon hot chili sauce or Sriracha (only for Kapha)
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, heads removed
2 cups snow peas
6 green onions, including tender green portions, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 carrot, grated
8 ounces wide rice noodles, cooked according to the package instructions
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped dry-roasted almonds
1 orange, cut into wedges

In a small bowl, whisk teriyaki sauce, hot water, almond butter, and chili sauce if using, stirring with a whisk.  Set aside.

Heat the sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, snow peas, green onions, and carrots.  Cook 8-10 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften and the shrimp is cooked through.

Add teriyaki sauce mixture, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until sauce thickens. Decrease the heat to low and add the noodles.  Cook an additional minute stirring often until well combined. Sprinkle with cilantro and almonds. Serve with orange wedges.

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