Sesame Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

It's tempting and convenient to dial up your favorite Chinese restaurant for take-out, but in the world of Drop 5 lbs, it's dangerous territory. A serving of fried rice, 1,500 calories. General Tso's Chicken, 1,300! Stir-fries are very quick to put together and, with a little planning, equally as time-saving as take-out but not as harsh on your waistline.

Recipe courtesy of Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping
Show: Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping Episode: Now That's Convenient
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
YIELD: 4 main dish servings


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound large shrimp, cleaned and cooked
  • 1 teaspoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil
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Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar and ginger. Set aside.

In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, toast the sesame seeds until golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

In the same skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the asparagus and cook until tender-crisp, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir the soy sauce mixture and shrimp into the asparagus mixture. Cook 1 minute to heat through. Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the sesame oil.

To serve, spoon the rice onto 4 dinner plates, top with the shrimp mixture and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Nutritional information per serving: About 370 calories, 31 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 221 mg cholesterol, 455 mg sodium, 3 g fiber

Compare calories: Restaurant shrimp stir-fry has 1,058 calories 30 grams of fat. This stir-fry is 370 calories and 7 grams of fat. That's a 688 calorie difference.



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