Thursday, January 20, 2011

Shrimp and Shiritaki Noodles

let's just start with me saying how hesitant i was to buy these noodles. i read about this recipe *here at Guy Friendly - Girl Envied.  she posts delicious, hearty recipes with a healthy twist, it's a great food blog!  when reading the recipe, i noticed they were tofu noodles, and that apparently, they smell and are expensive.  ewww, who wants smelly, expensive food? with that being said, the smell wasn't horrible, and the packages were $1.99 per 8oz, which truly isn't that bad, it just seems like a lot to pay for "pasta."  so yay for proving my negative self wrong!

i jazzed up the recipe using Pampered Chef Thai Red Curry spiced shrimp and it was filling and delicious! i also changed up the veggies, but the essential ingredients are the same.

Shiritaki Noodles with Spicy Thai Shrimp

5 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter
1/2 cup lower sodium chicken stock
3 tbsp rice vinegar
5 cloves minced garlic
4 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp Sriracha sauce (any hot sauce to you like)
3 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 cups diced zuchinni
1 1/2 cups diced yellow squash
1 cup sugar snap peas
1 lb medium peeled shrimp
2 tbsp Pampered Chef Thai Red Curry Spice (or any thai mix, really)
3 8-oz packets shiritaki noodles
when i read the original recipe, i found some good advice about the shiritaki noodles. 1) you'll find them at whole foods in the refrigerated tofu section. 2) take the noodles and drain and rinse them. then boil them for 3 minutes. it will remove any odor that came with them.  

prepare the sauce in a microwave container. use all ingredients from peanut butter through ginger. microwave for about a minute, and stir. (ew sorry for the heinous pre-picture!)

meanwhile, spray pam on a skillet pan large enough to fit all of the shrimp. heat the pan and cook shrimp for a few minutes on each side until pink. do not overcook the shrimp, test them as you go!

in a deeper pot, add zuchini, squash and peas and a bit of chicken stock. cook for about 5-7 minutes. (once again, ew to the picture. it was dark and gross out)

toss all ingredients together in the deeper pot and serve!

don't be turned off by the large ingredient list, it's actually a simple recipe that i think you will really enjoy!

Yum! annnnd again, picture is gross, food is delish! i was too hungry to clean up my mess - typical.
happy cooking!

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