Though Chinese New Year has come and gone, the taste for good Chinese food still lingers. Here is a quick one-pot meal that's perfect for the palate and great for those on a low-sugar, low-carb meal plan. The total cooking time for this dinner is 7 minutes. Add 10 minutes preparation time and the meal can be ready in under 20 minutes.
For easy stir-frying, place all of the prepared ingredients on a cutting board. Make sure your wok is very hot before adding the ingredients.
• Buy peeled shrimp.
• Shredded or sliced cabbage can be found packaged in the produce section of most markets.
• Minced garlic can be found in jars in the produce or condiment sections.
To buy: 3/4 pound peeled shrimp, 1 bottle low-sodium soy sauce, 1 small bottle sherry, 1 bottle sesame oil, 1 package sliced almonds, 1 bottle ground ginger, 1 package fresh sliced or shredded cabbage, 1 container fresh diced cucumber, 1 package fresh bean sprouts, 1 bunch scallions.
Staples: honey, minced garlic.
Braised Chinese Shrimp
Makes: 2 servings
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sherry
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 pound peeled shrimp
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided use
3 cups fresh sliced cabbage
2 cups fresh diced cucumber
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 cups fresh bean sprouts
2 teaspoons ground ginger
4 scallions, sliced (about 2/3 cup)
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Mix the soy sauce, sherry and honey together, add shrimp and set aside. Heat 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil in a wok or skillet over high heat until smoking. Add the cabbage, cucumber, garlic, bean sprouts and ginger and stir-fry 1 minute. Remove shrimp from sauce, reserving sauce. Add to the wok. Stir-fry 3 minutes, turning shrimp over once or twice. Shrimp will turn pink. Spoon shrimp and vegetables onto a plate. Add sauce and remaining 1 tbsp sesame oil to wok and boil to reduce by half, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour sauce over shrimp and vegetables. Sprinkle scallions on top and the sliced almonds over the scallions.
Nutrition per serving: 524 calories, 166 calories from fat, 18.5 g total fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 7.5 g monounsaturated fat, 258 mg cholesterol, 562 mg sodium, 46.5 g carbohydrate, 8.5 g dietary fiber, 30.2 g sugars, 44.9 g protein
Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate, 5 vegetable, 5 lean meat, 2 fat