We have definitely savored our Saturday after a very busy week, including a little sleeping in, some time in the gym and a late afternoon visit to Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla to see “The Way, Way Back.” Such a great feel-good flick, and the experience was fantastic! From the self-serve ticket kiosks and incredible food and beverage menu to the small theaters with comfortable seating and extra leg room, we’ll definitely be back.
A hectic workweek called for quick and healthy meals, including a Lemon Shrimp with Vegetables recipe from Eating Well that we modified a bit, and paired with a fast-cooking couscous and steamed broccoli.
Lemon Shrimp with Vegetables and Couscous
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large red bell peppers, diced
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 pound raw shrimp, (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, asparagus, lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to soften, about 6 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl; cover to keep warm. During this process, begin cooking the couscous per package instructions.
2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth and add to the pan along with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the sauce has thickened slightly and the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the vegetables.
This makes about 2 dinner-size portions. Since the choice of side dishes can vary (you might not like couscous OR broccoli!), here is the nutritional breakdown for the Lemon Shrimp and Vegetables.