Weeknight Winner Wednesday: (Paleo) Honey-Lime Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free)

Honey-Lime Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry PanOther than sticking with Wednesdays, I guess I haven’t been very faithful with Weeknight Winner Wednesdays!   But hey, as in all things fitness and nutrition-related, you do the best you can with what you have, when you can.  So here is the long-awaited (?) fourth installment and this time we’ve got seafood back on the blog (or perhaps you’ll consider this the first appearance, if you’re grouping seafood such as shrimp separately from fish).  It’s heating up outside, but there’s no reason you can’t add some heat in the kitchen with the spices in this Honey-Lime Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry!  Make it as hot (or not) as you like!

In fact, did you know that many hot-climate cultures actually use MORE spices in their cuisines as a way to ENCOURAGE sweating?  This helps to kick the body’s natural cooling mechanism (perspiration) into high-gear!  Just think about all of the great chiles that feature in Southwestern and Mexican recipes.  I’ve been told to stay far, far away from Nigerian cooking as it’s about as hot as hot can get (and I’m a self-professed spice wimp).  So rest assured that if I can handle the heat in this recipe, you can, too.

This is a great high-protein dish to feature as a main meal since it also includes a few servings of veggies. It is your option to add grains or other carbohydrate sources as your individual requirements dictate. And of course this dish is not only versatile and nutritious (and delicious!), but also easy to prepare.  I highly recommend making use of frozen, pre-cooked de-veined shrimp with the tails off.  This minimizes the work for you – just toss the shrimp in a colander and rinse with cool (not warm or hot) water to thaw while you prep the vegetables.  Easy-peasy!

(Paleo) Honey-Lime Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Enjoy this colourful, high-protein dish as a tasty way to also get your veggies with a kick!

Author: The Golden Graham Girl

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp (30mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large onion (100g), diced
4 medium bell peppers (400g), chopped (your choice of colour(s) – I like the sweeter red, yellow and orange peppers but a green pepper gives a nice flavour to this dish)
1 pound (454g) cooked shrimp, de-veined and tails removed
2-3 tbsp (30-45mL) lime juice
1/4 cup (4 tbsp or 84g) honey
2-3 tsp cayenne powder, to taste
Sea salt & black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat.
2. Add the chopped onion and cook until the onion is translucent (approximately 3-5 minutes).
3. Add the chopped bell peppers and continue cooking until the peppers begin to soften.
4. Add the shrimp and lime juice to coat.
5. Turn up the heat and sear briefly – this will cause the lime juice to evaporate quickly and enhance its flavour.
6. Reduce heat, pour on the honey and toss to coat. Sprinkle on the seasonings, sampling and adjusting as required to suit your tastes.
7. Serve and enjoy!

Toss to coat with honey and spices.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Calories: 259 Fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 26g Sugar: 22g Fiber: 4g Protein: 24g

Enjoy immediately.  Dial the flavour up or down according your tastes by increasing or reducing the spice and/or by playing with different amounts of honey and/or lime.  As with any stir-fry, the sky’s the limit on veggie substitutions.  Leftovers (if there are any!) are great for lunch!

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Some process shots:

Start with a bag of frozen, cooked shrimp (less work for you means less time in the kitchen!)

Start with a bag of frozen, cooked shrimp (less work for you means less time in the kitchen!)

Rinse the shrimp with cool or cold water to thaw (not warm or hot) while you prep the vegetables.

Rinse the shrimp with cool or cold water to thaw (not warm or hot) while you prep the vegetables.

ALL the peppers - use your favourite colour(s) of bell peppers!

ALL the peppers – use your favourite colour(s) of bell peppers!

Toss to coat with honey and spices.

Toss to coat with honey and spices.

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