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Simple Shrimp Stir-Fry for 1

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Simple Shrimp Stir-Fry for 1
  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 10 min
  • Servings 1
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Simple Shrimp Stir-Fry for 1

Dinner for one in just 10 minutes? Yes, please! This flavorful stirfry is easy, fast and totally satisfying.

Ingredients

1
tsp olive oil
1
clove garlic, minced
1
cup coleslaw mix (found in the bagged salad section)
1/3
cup bean sprouts
2
tbsp water
4
ounces cooked large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1
cup cooked white rice
2
tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

Directions

  • 1 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • 2 Stir in the coleslaw mix and bean sprouts. Add the water and cover. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • 3 Uncover the skillet and stir in the shrimp. Drizzle with soy sauce and toss to coat.
  • 4 Plate the rice and spoon the vegetable and shrimp mixture over. Serve immediately.
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Easy Shrimp Stir Fry

As prepared by S Caron,

Nearly two months ago, I wrote about the New Year's project that Cate O’Malley of Sweetnicks and I devised.

Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 is all about being healthier this year -- whatever that means for each individual.

Weight Loss Challenge

For Cate and me, it means a race to lose 40 pounds. When we realized we shared the same weight loss goal, the friendly competition naturally sprung up. And then we invited the blogging community at large to join us. It’s been a thrilling experience so far, with many voices contributing to the movement.

So, what’s happened in the past two months?

A lot. The Eat. Live. Be. community has grown substantially on Facebook, which is really exciting. There is so much support going around. And while I haven’t had the runaway weight loss I initially expected, the slow and steady success has been great. I’ve lost 5.4 lbs. But more important than that, I feel better -- healthier, trimmer, less bogged down and more energetic. I feel stronger. And although I cannot say that exercise is a regular part of my daily life yet, I am enjoying it for the first time, and learning to like it.

Weight Loss Challenge

Now, don’t tell Cate, but I am not sure I will win our friendly competition after all. I want to, but more than winning, I want to win this battle with my weight -- keeping it off forever. So far, so good. While it’s melting away slowly, I am not finding it again … once it’s gone, it’s really gone and that’s the greatest blessing and win of all. I’m okay with the slow-and-steady loss.

And overall, to still be working hard at my New Year's goals (I cringe at the word resolutions, which never seem to be actuated), is a big win too. Most goals made at the New Year are abandoned by mid-February. I’m still going. Cate is still going. And the crew of fabulous bloggers who joined in with us are still at it as well.

As for my ELB cohorts, I wanted to share their successes too. Here are some of theirs:

  • Casey: Portion control!

  • Chris: I began working past my fear of Box Jumps. Started with a riser and am now working to add steps. Leg Strength....and some mental stuff I had to get past, too!

  • Gwen: Honestly? Not having that glass of wine every night. I thought it was a 'de-stressor' but really it was making me feel blah. I'm only 'splurging once or twice a week now on a single glass.

  • Susan: Losing 20 lbs (so far) working out 'n giving up beer.


And now, I promised an easy dinner recipe. For the nights when the kids want something a little indulgent, like last night’s pepperoni pizza, I will typically eat a bit with them, and then make myself a healthy dinner once they are in bed (my husband often works late).

On nights like that, I don’t want anything complicated. Just something fast, easy and delicious. Simple Shrimp Stir-Fry for 1  is perfect.

Simple Stir Fry Recipe

This shrimp stir fry takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and draws on some simple ingredients:

  • Precooked shrimp (I had ‘em in the fridge from a weekend dinner party, but otherwise I usually have frozen ones on hand

  • Coleslaw mix (found in the bagged lettuce section -- it’s really just shredded cabbage and carrots and is perfect for stir-fries)

  • Bean sprouts

  • A little garlic and soy sauce


And since it's a recipe for one that can be made so fast, I am never tempted to mindlessly eat a slice of pizza while I wait.


So, how are your New Year’s goals going? Share your wins in the comments!


Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
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