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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir fry

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.
The last thing I added was two zucchinis sliced up.  I add them at the very end because I don't want them to over cook and become mushy.  They only take about 5 minutes to heat through.

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...

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for letting us know this one. Vegetable stir fry is one of the healthy foods right? And I want to try this today. So good luck for me.

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