Healthy Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe
Often, people lean toward simple dishes with chicken and veggies while eating healthy, and while this isn't a bad thing, it can get a bit boring as the week goes on. Shrimp is an excellent low-calorie and nutrient-dense protein source to help mix up your meal prep, and it's heart-healthy too! Pair your shrimp with brown rice for a boost of whole-grain carbohydrates and top it off with mixed vegetables for extra nutrients and vitamins.
- 1 Ib. shrimp—peeled, deveined, and tail removed
- 4 cups brown rice, cooked and chilled
- 2 cups broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- ¾ cup frozen green peas
- 3 eggs
- 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup liquid aminos
- 1 ½ TBSP minced garlic
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Cook 2 cups of dry brown rice in 4 cups of water (this will make 4 cups of cooked brown rice). Set aside and allow to chill. You could also prepare rice ahead of time or use leftover rice. Some stores sell pre-cooked, frozen rice that is ready in 3 minutes, as a great time saver!
Step 2: In a large skillet, add 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil, broccoli, carrots, onion, green peas, salt, and pepper to taste. Allow to cook in the skillet on medium heat until carrots and onions begin getting tender.
Step 3: Add minced garlic and ground ginger and allow flavors to mesh until fragrant and the vegetables are completely tender.
Step 4: While vegetables are cooking, in another skillet, cook the shrimp and 1 TBSP olive oil on medium heat. Cook until shrimp is no longer translucent.
Step 5: Once the vegetables are tender, remove them from the pan or slide to one side, scramble 3 eggs in the skillet.
Step 6: Once the eggs are scrambled, add the vegetables, rice, and shrimp back to the large skillet. Add ¼ cup of liquid aminos and mix well, cooking on low heat until everything is mixed well (about 5 minutes for the flavors to mesh).
Amount per serving:
Fat: 11 grams
Carbohydrates: 30 grams
Protein: 18 grams
Pro-Tip: Add chopped green onion and sesame seeds for a flavorful, no-calorie added garnish.
Substitution Options: The shrimp in this dish could be substituted for chicken or tofu, just keep in mind that would alter the nutrition breakdown.