Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry

This recipe gives you a quick and nutritional meal. Did you know shrimp are huge in nutritional value and offer health benefits? While broccoli is a true superfood. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of these two main ingredients or skip down to the bottom of the page to get the recipe.  

Shrimp can help you lose weight because it is loaded with protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc, and is excellent, carbohydrate-free food.  Their pink color is caused by astaxanthin that can

act as a potent antioxidant and protect the skin from premature aging. Shrimp is also loaded with selenium, which studies have suggested can lower the risk of death from cancer, including lung, colorectal and prostate.

Then there is the broccoli. Broccoli is rich in nutrients and has health benefits to promoting eye health, improving your immune system functions and reduces inflammation and oxidative damage. Broccoli is a natural defense mechanism to protect arteries from heart disease. When consumed, broccoli produces a chemical called Nrf2 which attacks the build-up of fatty plaques in arteries.

Besides all these fun health tidbits, this recipe is amazing and one of my go-tos during the week. Switch out the canola oil for coconut oil and you just bumped up your nutrition and health!

Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or coconut oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup vertically sliced onion

How to Make It:

Step 1.

Combine chicken broth, rice vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, cornstarch, dark sesame oil, and crushed red peppers in the small bowel and whisk together.

Step 2.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic to pan; stir-fry 30 seconds. Sprinkle shrimp with salt. Add shrimp to pan, and stir-fry 3 minutes or until done. Remove shrimp mixture from the pan.

Step 3.

Add remaining oil to the pan. Add broccoli and onion to pan; stir-fry 4 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Add shrimp mixture (step 2) and broth mixture (step 1) to pan; cook 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly.