Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Fried" Shrimp Dinner

For some reason, I just couldn't get my cooking mojo going tonight. Maybe it was because I totally lost track of time, or maybe it was the screaming child pulling on my leg for about an hour...
Somehow the afternoon got away from me and before I knew it, it was 5:30. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. I dinner planned since this morning-panko fried shrimp with homemade fried rice. It was sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Now I was rushing against screaming, starving children to put dinner on the table because I had started too late. It didn't help that when I went to the thaw out the basketball sized ball of shrimp from our freezer (which I didn't expect to be so big and I should have also done earlier) I also checked for oil and realized I had forgotten to buy the frying oil at the store today. Big oops. What to do... the kids were all fired up about fried shrimp. Kids get fired up about fried anything, really. I had some bell peppers that were about to go bad in the fridge so I decided to just turn the dish into a Ginger shrimp stir-fry with onions and bell peppers. Now that's what I call improvisation! And now to sneak the new and improved "fried shrimp" dish past my kiddos.
Baron: "Mo-ooooom, I thought you were making fried shrimp!" The question was bound to come at me (and it did!), the kids are too smart for my own good.
Me: "I am... this is called Ginger fried shrimp! Doesn't that sound good?" Totally came up with that one on the fly.
Baron: "Oooooooh! That DOES sound good! It smells good, too!" ...Or maybe they're not as smart as I thought... that was way too easy! I expected a better fight than that. They must have been too weak to fight- the starvation was setting in.
I finished the Ginger stir-fried shrimp, quickly fried up the rice with some onions, eggs, and peas, and voila!
They loved it! My kids love shrimp, but this "fried" shrimp was way too easy to pull off! Give it a try!

Ginger Garlic "Fried" shrimp:

1.5 pounds of medium shrimp peeled and deveined
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1/2 red onion sliced thin
1 Tbsp ground or minced ginger (or more if you like)
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp soy sauce or more to taste
olive oil
soy sauce to taste

Put a bit of olive oil in the bottom of a hot pan. Stir fry the onions with the bell peppers. Add the ginger, garlic and shrimp and stir fry until the shrimp is done. Add a little bit of soy sauce to taste at the end. Serve hot alongside some stir -fried rice!

Fried Rice

use leftover or fresh white rice (or brown- whatever you have is fine)
1/2 bag of frozen peas
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 Tbsp. of butter
soy sauce to taste

Melt the butter in a very hot pan. On high heat, toss the rice in the butter with the onions, add the peas. Move the rice mixture to one side of the pan to make room for the eggs. Add the eggs on the empty side of the pan and scramble them until done. When they are done, mix the rice into the eggs. You can add some fresh bean sprouts to give the rice some extra texture at this point. Finally, add some soy sauce for color and taste. Enjoy!

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