Back in May, I posted a shrimp recipe with green beans. Here’s the link: https://sotsil.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/simple-shrimp-and-green-beans-recipe/.
The picture on the left is a variation of that recipe. This time instead of green beans, I used snow peas and carrots.
Back when I was all skin and bones and my poor mother was at her wits’ end trying to fatten me up, the doctor said I had an allergy to shrimps. Fortunately, that allergy didn’t last too long and I started eating shrimps and loving them. They may be high in cholesterol but my mother could not have cared one bit because she thought of me as a malnourished-looking waif; she didn’t want neighbors and friends to think that she was to blame for my impoverished look. She encouraged my love for shrimps and cooked meals which I devoured. I was particularly crazy about her camaron rebosado (deep-fried shrimp in batter – similar to the Japanese tempura). The fact that my father also loved shrimp made it a household staple. During those days, we were more concerned about good quality shrimps and where to buy them than about the cholesterol issue.
I keep a bag of frozen shrimps available at all times because they’re one of the easiest to improvise a meal with. Foodies will say there’s a world of difference between fresh and frozen, but I don’t mind that difference one bit because there will always be ingredients that can enhance the taste of frozen shrimp. With a bit of creativity, imagination and enthusiasm, you can really whip up a dream meal.
What I like about this recipe is the cracker-barrel crunch offered by the snow peas and the carrots. The trick is not to overcook them so they get just the right crunchiness. And it’s a meal that needs no salad as a side dish because you’ve got your vegetables already.
Here’s the recipe (it’s so simple – you might even say, “hey this is just like the way they make it at the Chinese restaurant!”):
As a matter of interest, shrimp contains many vitamins and minerals, notably niacin, vitamins B-12 and D, iron, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, and others; it is also high in protein. For every 100 grams of shrimp, you get the equivalent of 444 kj of energy!