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Kung Pao Shrimp

This one became a favorite the first time I made it. Whenever we want something that feels like eating bad, but is still remotely good for you, this comes to mind. I originally got the recipe from Cooking Light (a good start right off the bat), but as usual, I tweaked it a bit to our tastes. The result was aromatic, spicy, fresh, and healthy. Here's what I did (one note: it's a lot of prep, but it cooks up quickly): Ingredients:

2 Tsp Soy Sauce 2 tsp Sherry 2 tsp Cornstarch 1 LB of Easy-Peel Shrimp, Peeled, Deveined & rinsed (tails removed) 1 TBS Peanut Oil 1/4 cup Dry-Roasted Peanuts 1 TBS minced, peeled Fresh Ginger 2-3 cloves minced Fresh Garlic 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper zest of one Orange 1 cup sliced celery (about 1/4-1/2" thick slices) 1/2 cup chopped baby carrots 1 cup diced red pepper (about 1 pepper) 2 tsp soy sauce 1/4 cup fat free, low-sodium Chicken Broth 1/2 tsp sherry 1 tsp rice wine vinegar 1/4 tsp salt Sesame Seeds 1 Cup long-grain white rice or brown rice


  1. Mix first 3 ingredients in bowl with whisk

  2. Put bowl next to sink & peel shrimp, rinsing, patting dry, and tossing into bowl with marinade

  3. When all shrimp are in bowl, toss in marinade and set aside

  4. Boil water for rice

  5. While water comes to boil, chop all veggies (pepper, carrots & celery) and put in one large bowl

  6. Put garlic, ginger, red pepper & orange zest in second bowl

  7. Add rice to water when boiling

  8. Heat oil in large sautee pan

  9. Add peanuts and next 4 ingredients & Stir-fry for 30 seconds

  10. Add bowl of veggies & Stir-fry 2 minutes until crisp-tender, then push to all edges of the pan

  11. Add bowl of shrimp & marinade in center and allow shrimp to cook on one side (about 1mins). Turn to other side & cook 1 more minute

  12. Add 2 tsp soy sauce & sherry, and chicken broth, stir everything together, and bring to simmer. About 1 minute or until slightly thickened

  13. Remove from heat & stir in vinegar & salt

  14. Plate shrimp on top of white rice & top with sesame seeds

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