Let me be honest with you guys: I've been a bit out of it and depressed. When my anxiety is up, I tend to feel like I want to stress eat. Consistency is key, especially with all of my workouts, not to mention that I have a half marathon to do in a few weeks. I figured that I would make something quick to eat and find a way to destress. This was my lunch today, although you can easily turn this into a dinner.
Here's the list:
4 cups butternut squash, small dice
2 cup red peppers, medium dice
1 cup onions, medium dice
1/2 pound baby shrimp, deveined, cleaned, tail off
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili paste
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon thyme (or sprig or two of fresh thyme)
1/3 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
chopped scallions for garnish
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup tomato sauce (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Heat a saute pan on medium fire. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan. Add in butternut squash, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, ground sage and thyme. Move around in pan for 5 minutes to prevent sticking or over browning. Turn down heat to low. Add in onions and peppers. Saute items for an additional 8 - 10 minutes until butternut squash is softened but still firm.
Drizzle remaining oil directly on shrimp. Season lightly with a dash of salt and pepper. Push butternut squash mixture to one side of the pan. Add shrimp to the same pan. Baby shrimp cooks within 1 - 2 minutes. Mix ingredients together once close to done. Add in chili paste and incorporate into entire dish. Drizzle lemon or lime juice to mixture. If you desire more of a pop in taste, fold in tomato sauce. Once fully incorporated, pull off of heat and pair with your favorite pasta or rice.
Latoya Shauntay Snell
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