Lemon Shrimp with Broccoli, Onions, and Dried Cranberries (Serves 1)
Broccoli, onions, and dried cranberries offer a good foundation for many different meals. I’ve been happy stir-frying them with shrimp, roast beef, pulled pork, and canned salmon. Lemon juice is a nice addition with shrimp. The lemon juice brightens the flavor of the whole meal delightfully.
Prep Time and Cook Time: 20 minutes
20 or so frozen, cooked shrimp
1 stalk of broccoli
1 sweet yellow onion
Dried cranberries (infused with apple juice as a sweetener)
1 lemon (or the juice of one lemon)
Directions: Place about 20 frozen shrimp under running water in the sink to defrost quickly. Chop onion into bite-sized pieces. Melt one or two tablespoons of coconut oil in a wok over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Cut broccoli florets from stalk, peel stalk, and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add broccoli to wok and stir until coated with hot oil. Season with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to taste. I like a nice dusting of each. Add a splash of water if dry, cover the wok, and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add shrimp and a handful of dried cranberries. Add a generous splash of lemon juice. Add garlic powder and black pepper to taste on the shrimp. Cover the wok, and let cook for another 5-10 minutes until the broccoli is as tender as you like it. Transfer everything to a plate and enjoy!
Notes: I have begun cooking and eating the broccoli stalk. The stalk does not taste as good as the florets, but is too good to throw away in my opinion.
I keep bottles of lemon and lime juice in my refrigerator. The bottles of juice at my regular grocery store were filled with ingredients I don’t trust, but Natural Foods Warehouse sells pure juice. Maybe the flavor of a freshly squeezed lemon is superior, but I am happy with a splash from the bottle.
The frozen shrimp I buy is already salty, so does not need more added when cooking. Read your label to see if yours comes with or without salt.
Whole Foods Market sells dried cranberries infused with apple juice. If you can’t find them, golden or Thompson raisins are a good substitute.
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