- ½ small bunchcilantro
- 3 clovesgarlic
- ½ small bunchgreen onions (scallions)
- ⅛ cuppeanuts, roasted unsalted
- ¾ lbraw peeled shrimp, fresh or frozen
- 1 mediumspaghetti squash
-  black pepper
-  cayenne pepper
-  extra virgin olive oil
-  fish sauce
-  pure maple syrup
-  rice vinegar
- 1Preheat the oven to 500°F and place the rack in the center position. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil to make cleanup easier (optional).
- 2Wash and dry the fresh produce.
1 medium spaghetti squash ½ small bunch green onions (scallions) ½ small bunch cilantro 1 lime
- 3Trim off and discard ends of the squash; halve the squash lengthwise and scrape out the seeds from each half. Rub the inside of the squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the squash halves cut-side-down on the baking sheet.
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper
- 4Place the squash in the oven (it doesn't have to be fully heated) and roast until tender so a knife can easily pierce through the flesh, 20-25 minutes.
- 5Trim off and discard the ends of the green onions; cut crosswise into ¼-inch pieces at an angle. Transfer to a small bowl.
- 6Shave the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems and mince the leaves. Add to the bowl with the green onion and set aside.
- 7If using frozen shrimp, place them in a colander and run under cold water to thaw them slightly and remove any ice crystals. (If using fresh shrimp, skip this step.) Place the shrimp on a clean towel or paper towels and pat dry; transfer to a medium bowl.
¾ lb raw peeled shrimp, fresh or frozen
- 8Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- 9Peel and mince shallot. Peel and mince garlic. Add shallot, garlic, salt, and pepper to the bowl with the shrimp and toss to coat.
1 shallot 3 cloves garlic ⅛ tsp salt ⅛ tsp black pepper
- 10When the skillet is hot, add oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add shrimp in a single layer and cook until lightly golden, 1½-2 minutes per side; transfer to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 11Once tender, remove the squash halves from the oven; allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Scrape the inside of the squash with a fork to separate into spaghetti-like strands. (Use an oven mitt or towel to hold it with your other hand).
- 12While the squash cools, juice the lime into a small bowl. Add fish sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, oil, and cayenne to bowl with lime juice; whisk to combine the sauce.
2 tbsp fish sauce 1 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup 1 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
- 13Return skillet to medium-high heat; add spaghetti squash, shrimp, and sauce to the skillet and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- 14To serve, divide the pad Thai between plates or bowls and garnish with green onions, cilantro, and peanuts. Enjoy!
⅛ cup peanuts, roasted unsalted