I wanted to cook something light with veggies, and not too time-consuming....and not chicken, pork or beef! I have had a bag of raw shrimp in my freezer for quite some time, and decided now was the time to use them. So, while they defrosted, I started cutting...
3 large carrots, 4 ribs of celery, and one Vidalia onion
I add just a little olive oil to the veggies and start cooking them. I shredded probably about 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger right into the pan, as well as adding 3 cloves of garlic that I minced and some crushed red pepper.
When the veggies start to become soft, I transfer them into a bowl and cook the shrimp.
The shrimp I have was on the large side, so once they were thawed, I cut them in half. I figured that would give me twice the amount of shrimp, which is a good thing! I cook them in a hot pan with a little oil. I want them to cook quickly so they won't get tough.
As each ingredient is done, I add it to my bowl of veggies.
Time to make the sauce. Believe it or not, I used 1/2 cup of honey and about 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Once the cornstarch is blended in, I pour it over everything. Turn the stove on low and mix well until it starts to thicken. If it gets too thick, you can always add a little chicken broth. I decided to add some fresh spinach at this point, because I thought it needed something dark green! I add it at the very end because I love to have the spinach just start to wilt
My last brilliant idea was to add some peanuts, just to give it a little crunch. Unfortunately I didn't have any, but I did have some "extra fancy Mixed Nuts" and thought why not? I chopped up a couple of handfuls and tossed them in. Time to do a taste test. All it needed was a little more ginger, some salt, and a little more crushed red pepper.
This made a huge pan full, and within 30 minutes, the entire pan was empty! I guess they liked it...