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SHRIMP & BROCCOLI

A STIR-FRY THAT’S QUICK AND EASY, PROPER AMOUNT OF PROTEIN, & WON’T SPIKE BLOOD SUGAR



Ingredients:

8 large shrimp

1/2 pound broccoli

1 tbsp. olive oil


Sauce:

5 cloves garlic

3 stalks of green onion; use white part only

1 tsp. corn starch (for slurry)

1 tbsp. light soy sauce

1 tsp. sesame oil

1/4 cup water


Stir-Fry:

1 tbsp. Olive Oil

White Pepper to taste

Sea Salt to taste


Directions:

Start by preparing defrosting shrimp in medium sized bowel, if needed. Clean & devein shrimp, then sprinkle with salt/pepper; set aside. Next, rinse broccoli and chop in bite sized pieces, careful not to damage the florets.


For the sauce, use white ends of green onion, which is full of flavor, finely chop and place in small bowl; set aside. Next, do the same step with 3 garlic cloves. Add salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, water and mix together; set aside.


In a medium sized saucepan, bring water to a boil, then add broccoli. Cook for 2 minutes and strain broccoli.


Heat wok or deep frying non-stick skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Next, add shrimp and keep separated in pan, cooking for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broccoli, increase the heat to medium-high, cook for 1 minute. Stir mixture and add sauce, cooking for 2 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and serve over rice, couscous or cauliflower lime rice.


Heart Benefits of Broccoli

Broccoli contains a potent antioxidant called sulforaphane, which aids the body during digestion, thereby protecting the body against oxidative stress and chronic disease development. Doctors noticed a significantly reduced triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol in patients, as well as increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels in people who consumed broccoli on a consistent basis.


Broccoli has also been linked to fighting against heart attacks, spiked blood sugar levels and eliminating heart tissue damage because this type of cruciferous vegetable is rich in fiber and antioxidants.



Heart Benefits of Garlic

Garlic contains vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants (notably allicin). More recent evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some cancers.

With Allicin as the anti-oxidant property in garlic, it’s safe to consume this spice everyday to help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.





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