Food Thursday: Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry

Look in my pantry right now and here’s what you’ll see: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, low fat soups, tomato sauce, chicken stock, cans of veggies, whole grain cereals (each w/6 grams of sugar per serving or less)… I could go on but my point is that I stock healthy foods, I cook healthy foods, my family eats healthy foods. A big part of what makes the healthy eating plan work for my family is finding new recipes so no one gets bored. In that spirit here’s a new recipe for you. As with many of my recipes it came from a cookbook but I’ve changed it over the years to make it mine. It was originally found in Weight Watchers Make It In Minutes – a cookbook I heartily recommend (except for the spinach lasagna recipe, yuck).

Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry
2TB hoisin sauce
2TB low sodium soy sauce
2TB white wine or water
1TB honey
1TB corn starch
1TB sesame oil
1 lb of 35-40 count shrimp
1 small piece of fresh ginger, peeled & minced
1 tsp minced garlic (or one clove)
3 green onions, cut into matchsticks
1/2 pound snow peas, sliced
8oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 8oz can of baby corn, drained
1TB sesame seeds
2 cups brown rice, cooked OR 1 package of thin rice noodles, cooked

1. Make sauce: combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, wine, honey and corn starch in a bowl – whisk to combine and set aside.

2. Heat sesame oil in large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add ginger, garlic & green onions and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until no longer opaque. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and set aside.

3. Add corn and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and stir fry for another 2 minutes. Add snow peas and stir fry for another 2 minutes. Put the shrimp back in the pan and stir to reheat.

4. Push all ingredients to the sides of the pan and pour your sauce in the middle. Bring sauce to a bubble and stir until thick – then mix in all the ingredients so the sauce covers everything. Serve over rice or rice noodles sprinkled with the sesame seeds.

Honestly, there are lots of ways to eat healthy that aren’t boring or hard to do. Aside from new recipes you can always tweak a favorite meal to include whole grains or a light sauce. Other times make the choice to drop meat out of the meal and fill in the gap with lots of veggies. Healthy eating can be a big shift but it’s always worth it. Looking for more healthy recipes? Click on the healthy eats category on the right side of this blog.

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