Lemony Shrimp 'n' Asparagus Recipe
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Lemony Shrimp 'n' Asparagus Recipe

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From Scribner, Nebraska, Becky Von Segern sends this marvelous main dish that cooks quickly in the microwave yet is special enough to serve to company. "It's a pretty and tasty way to use your spring harvest of asparagus." she assures. "An added bonus is the low calorie count."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with reduced-sodium soy sauce and calculated without rice) equals 103 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 757 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine the asparagus, red pepper, garlic and water. Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Add shrimp; cover and cook for 2 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and asparagus is tender. With a slotted spoon, remove shrimp and vegetables; keep warm.
  2. Add the soy sauce, lemon juice and peel to the microwave dish. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Stir into soy sauce mixture.
  3. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Return the shrimp mixture to the bowl; toss to coat. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Lemony Shrimp N' Asparagus in Quick Cooking March/April 2005, p24

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with reduced-sodium soy sauce and calculated without rice) equals 103 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 757 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

We thought this dish was great! Very tasty - the lemon flavor really comes through in this dish. And the fact that it's done in the microwave makes it a very quick and easy dinner to put together! Tasty and low cal/low fat!!

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