Easy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry
Everything about yesterday was brutal... yes, another one of these posts, sorry guys! I could lie and tell you that my life is all sunshine and rainbows but I'm not that great a liar. Plus, let's face it, there's too much lying out there these days anyway. I don't need to paint a false picture of a perfect life; it doesn't make me feel better and it may even make someone feel crappy about their own life in the process.
Whoa, that got heavy. Let me back up...
Yesterday was just a series of really long minutes that seemed to last forever. Several factors (sickness, rain, a whiny child) pushed me to the edge.
You guys, I wasn't my best self yesterday. I was too impatient and quick to raise my voice. I walked around with a frown on my face and then wondered why my child was unhappy. I nearly lost it.
Fortunately, I have had a little time to reflect on yesterday and give myself a break for being the less-than-perfect Mom and Wife that I always aim to be for my family. Yesterday was a mess, and that's OK. Days will be messy and hard, but it won't be forever. There will be afternoons where the TV may run hour after hour just so everyone makes it to bedtime without losing their shit.
That was yesterday.
I tried to make beaded bracelets with my child, but he just wanted to make a mess. I opened up a new stacking/sorting toy, but he just wanted to throw the pieces around the room. I tried to get him out the door for a walk when the rain took a 10 minute break, but that resulted in a meltdown and I JUST COULD NOT DEAL.
So what does a drowning mom do? I text the one person who will understand- my mom friend.
Motherhood is hard, but seriously, thank goodness for mommy friends (and emojis)! I would be LOST without them.
Speaking of lost, I would be lost without easy dinners. On days when Octavian (or just my life) is being particularly annoying, there is no way I would get us fed without my arsenal of easy dinner recipes. This shrimp and asparagus stir-fry is a recently added favorite. It takes just a few minutes to prepare and Octavian loves the shrimp. If you're in a huge rush (or just super distracted) you can even buy frozen microwavable rice from the market...you're welcome :)
Easy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Total Time: 20-25 minutes
Yield: 2-4 servings
Type: Seafood, Healthy, Easy, Quick
FOR THE SAUCE
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Zest from 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 pounds asparagus, ends trimmed and each stalk chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together all the ingredients for the lemon sauce and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan. Add shrimp in a single layer to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook the shrimp for approximately 1-2 minutes on each side before removing from the skillet and transferring to a clean plate. Shrimp should be pink on both sides, but slightly undercooked.
In the same skillet add 1 more tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Add the asparagus and gently toss to coat in oil. Sauté the asparagus until tender, but still crispy. It should be a bright green and browned in some places. Sprinkle asparagus with salt and lemon pepper (if desired). Reduce heat to medium and add the ginger and garlic; stir to combine with the asparagus. Cook for an additional 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent the ginger and garlic from burning.
Carefully pour the lemon sauce to the skillet with the asparagus and stir to combine. Allow the sauce to simmer for approximately 1 minute, or until the sauce has thickened. Add the shrimp back to the skillet and cook for an additional 1 minute, or until shrimp is fully cooked.
Remove from heat and sprinkle with red chili flakes if desired. Best served immediately.
Recipe inspired by Home Cooking Memories