Inspired by a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, this recipe is an awesome way to use leftover chicken. If you have a little extra time, let the carrot and cucumber marinate in some rice vinegar before taco time. —Melissa Halonen, Spokane, Washington
I try to buy fresh chicken when it's on sale. I cook a big batch in the slow cooker, then shred it and package it in amounts suitable for recipes like this. When I want it, it just needs to be pulled out of the freezer and defrosted! —Jeni Pittard, Canon, Georgia
Peanut butter is one of Kelsie Wilson’s favorite foods. “I love it as a fresh-fruit dip, spread on pancakes, melted into oatmeal…and especially in this mild version of spicy Thai noodles,” says the Dallas, Texas reader.
I couldn't keep this yummy, light lunch under wraps. The original recipe featured chicken, but I modified it for my vegetarian husband. Now both of us prefer the Thai-style tofu version. —Laureen Pittman, Riverside, California
"When I worked as a cook on the ferries that travel between Bellingham, Washington and southeastern Alaska. I served this salad to our passengers and crew, and it always received compliments," notes Patricia Morgan of Haines, Alaska. "It's best chilled overnight."
I came up with this recipe when my son was home from the Navy. He loves Thai food, and I wanted to make something special but simple. There wasn’t a noodle left in the bowl. —Jana Rippee, Casa Grande, Arizona
Frequent trips to New York City and it's diverse food scene got me hooked on spicy Thai food. I know most people don’t have a heat-proof tongue like I do, so I kept this version pretty mild. —Corey Rupp, Dunmore, Pennsylvania