Nick is out of town for a few days for work, which leaves me and Ted home alone. I love being home by myself, the freedom to eat popcorn and wine for dinner, watch back episodes of Mad Men one after another until I pass out, I can sleep in the middle of the bed like a boss (which I don’t – I try, I start there, but I migrate back to my side by morning.).

I miss my husband, though. It’s lonely. Ted misses him too. As I type this he wanders from room to room meowing, which he never does unless Nick is out of town (normally he sits right in front of me and yells at me). Poor cat slept by the front door for a spell last night, I think he was worried. Silly little thing.

One thing I do love about being home alone is making or not making special little things for just me for dinner, my little treat to myself and special way of taking care of me when I’m home alone. Maybe it’s a light bistro salad with just a poached egg and some bacony bits, or maybe a weird savory oatmeal that has appealed to me for a while that I can’t bring myself to make for dinner when Nick’s home (Look! Porridge! Fun, right?). And one thing I love that is healthy and filling and tasty is this Not Pad Thai I found at Can You Stay For Dinner. I’ve made this for Nick as well and he really likes it, it’s light but fills him up. I make a half order of the recipe below for just me often when he has plans in the evening.¬†Light, fills a hankering for Thai food, and is laden with veggies. Lots of wins in a one-pan dinner. One-pan dinner, another win!

{Sidebar, I was chatting with one of my mothers in law a bit ago about a study she read that suggests we should be eating two pounds of vegetables a day. TWO POUNDS of vegetables a day. I wouldn’t have room for bacon if I ate that much vegetation. Just saying.}

This recipe goes lickety-split if you pick up a bag of angel hair shredded cabbage in the produce section. You can certainly grab a regular head of green cabbage, but the bags are even more convenient. While you’re there grab some mushrooms, if you don’t have any at home. You just need a few. If you feel like you need a bit more protein or are especially hungry, add some shredded cooked chicken or a few cooked shrimp to the mix along with the sauces and garlic.

Here it is, gently adjusted for even faster meal prep. Make it, eat it all, and go to bed skinny.


Lightened up Pad Thai for Two
1 T. sesame oil
2 10-oz. bags of angel hair shredded cabbage
1 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 T soy sauce
1 T fish sauce
2 t. brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 T fresh cilantro or Thai basil (or regular basil) (Or both cilantro AND basil, go crazy!)
2 large scallions, thinly sliced
Lime wedges and sriracha for serving
2 T. chopped dry roasted peanuts, also for serving

Set a large frying pan or wok over medium high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat. Add cabbage and cook, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes, until crisp-tender.

Add mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.

Add garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar and stir well to combine.

Add eggs and stir constantly, scrambling them into the hot cabbage mixture.

Serve immediately topped with peanuts, cilantro/basil, scallions and sriracha.