3 mile brisk walk outside with Jasper
2 hours of house-cleaning...does that count? :-)
I could lie and pretend like this meal took hours to prepare and is totally made from scratch, buuuut I won't do you like that. I've been a little lazy on the weeknights with dinner prep and have resorted to the easiest methods of getting a healthy meal on the table, hence why there have been very little recipe posts lately.
I'm not crazy big on frozen meals. If you opened my freezer, you'd see a giant bulk-sized pack of chicken breasts, individually wrapped steaks, shrimp, perhaps some ground beef, and a pack of frozen vegetables for those just-in-case moments, a box of Greek yogurt fudgesicles (my new dessert fav at night), and some frozen goods from Trader Joe's: vegetable fried rice, chicken potstickers, and this incredibly amazing French-style flatbread with ham, caramelized onions, and gruyere cheese that I like to have on-hand in case we have last-minute visitors. Seriously, if you haven't tried it, go buy it. Right now.
If I'm going to cook a semi-homemade meal, it's going to be with Trader Joe's frozen goods. I seriously have yet to try something in their frozen section I don't love. The other night, I was really into the idea of Chinese food. Rather than order a big old container of greasy, overly soy-sauced fried rice (and let's be honest, you never ONLY one thing off a Chinese takeout menu, it usually turns into 3-night's worth of food), I opted to make it myself. I thawed out some fully cooked shrimp to add for protein, grabbed the bag of TJ's vegetable fried rice, and the meal came together in 5 minutes...8 minutes if you count the thaw time.
So let's just talk about this rice for a second. I prepared the recommended serving size (1 C cooked) in 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Along with the shrimp, the meal came to a grand total of:
Fat: 16.5 g
Carbs: 42 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 23 g
That one cup was the perfect serving size for one person, and I supplemented it with a side salad (gotta get those greens in!) If I had ordered this at a takeout place, I never would have stopped at one cup, and I easily would have taken in 3x the calories that my semi-homemade one contained.
So while this isn't reeeeeally a recipe, I figured I'd share anyways for those times where you're craving Chinese but are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy Shrimp and Vegetable Fried Rice
33 medium-large shrimp, fully cooked and frozen
1 bag of Trader Joe's Vegetable Fried Rice, frozen
2 Tbsp oil (TJ's recommends vegetable oil, but I used olive oil)
- Thaw your frozen shrimp under warm running water for 3 minutes. Remove tails and set aside.
- Heat oil in skillet. Add shrimp and contents of 1 bag of vegetable fried rice. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes until fully cooked.
- Season with addition salt and pepper - or even hot sauce, as desired.