When I did more muscle-building training I was looking for new ways to add more lean protein to my diet. I already ate hummus, black beans, peanut butter, tofu and fish.
I read on Food Network and Men’s Health Magazine that shrimp is recommended as a lean protein. I had no objections because I love shrimp anyway.
Here is an easy Chinese recipe that I made for a recent SmartyGirl Women’s Retreat.
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Shrimp Fried Rice
12 oz Basmati long-grain white rice
3/4 tsp crushed raw ginger
1 TB Maggi seasoning
3 pounds raw shrimp
6 oz raw chopped green onions (on the side)
3 TB canola oil
2 tsp sesame oil
1. Steam the white rice and let it cool for 8 hours or more.
2. Take a nonstick 3″ deep skillet or wok and heat the oil and ginger on high heat on the stove.
3. Grab handfuls of cooked rice and sprinkle the grains into the hot oil. Use a non-scratch plastic spatula or wooden utensil to turn the rice and give it a nice char.
4. Move the rice to one side of the skillet and crack three eggs into the pan. Scramble. Stir fry the eggs with the rice and add the seasoning.
5. You can keep the shrimp whole or cut them in half after cleaning them. If you need instruction how to de-vein and unshell shrimp, go to Gordon Ramsey’s tutorial for prawns. Move the rice and eggs to the side of the skillet. Make room for the shrimp and stir fry for 5 minutes more.
Serves 5 adults
Note: You can substitute short or medium grain brown rice to increase fiber but expect a different texture instead of dry separate rice grains. The whole stir fry process takes 17 minutes. Make sure you do not expose the raw shrimp to more than 5 minutes of heat. (optional) Serve in individual bowls and garnish with raw green onion.
About.com’s Rhonda Parkinson does a pretty good job translating Chinese recipes for the Western kitchen so you might try her fried rice.
I like to eat my fried rice with Sriracha hot sauce. SeriousEats has a homemade version of this sauce but I like to buy the original. I found it in Monterey Park and Alhambra Asian groceries.
You can find many other easy Chinese recipes for fried rice. For example, Jaden Hair from Steamy Kitchen presents fried rice tips too.
Some fried rice recipes include peas and carrots. Others even include tofu or chicken. Instead of stir-frying snow peas, baby carrots or even asparagus, I like to serve these raw. I prefer a raw vegetable buffet with my hot shrimp fried rice. How about you?
Contact me when you find one you love.