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Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Rice Noodles

Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
This dish has the starch built in, and because the recipe includes lots of fresh veggies, it qualifies as a one-dish meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste, such as Huy Fong)
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 4 ounces uncooked flat rice noodles (pad thai noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 green Thai chile, halved
  • 12 sweet mini peppers, halved
  • 3/4 cup matchstick-cut carrot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • 3/4 cup fresh bean sprouts

Nutrition Information

  • calories 299
  • fat 8.5 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 2.1 g
  • protein 21.7 g
  • carbohydrate 34.3 g
  • fiber 2.9 g
  • cholesterol 129 mg
  • iron 3.4 mg
  • sodium 492 mg
  • calcium 84 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add shrimp to vinegar mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

  2. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.

  3. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add cashews, garlic, ginger, and chile to pan; stir-fry 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Remove cashew mixture from pan with a slotted spoon, and set aside.

  4. Increase heat to high. Add sweet peppers, carrot, and salt to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add shrimp mixture (do not drain); stir-fry 2 minutes. Stir in noodles and peas; cook 1 minute, tossing to coat. Return cashew mixture to pan. Add bean sprouts; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, tossing frequently.

Cook's Notes

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