Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables

Recipe taken from:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 large red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds raw shrimp, (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, asparagus, lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to soften, about 6 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl; cover to keep warm.
2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth and add to the pan along with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the sauce has thickened slightly and the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the vegetables.

Notes & Tips:
From the original recipe I halved the oil, the original called for 4 tablespoons, I thought that was way too much and I think I was right. I also doubled the shrimp and halved the asparagus. (The original calls for 2lbs of asparagus and 1lb of shrimp. I served this with couscous, yum yum.

Really really good!

Nutrition Facts:
Serves 4
227 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 174 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 4 g fiber; 514 mg sodium; 670 mg potassium.

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