Shrimp and Veggie Stir Fry in a Spicy Ginger Garlic Sauce

So this is one of those "I swear it tastes better than it looks" kind of meals! Winter is a killer when I want to share dinner recipes because non-natural light is, well, ugly. But what can ya do? 

It's Sunday which has commonly been a Chinese takeout night in my family. It's an easy and tasty way to finish up the weekend. So I figured why not save on the money and greasy food and make my own, healthier version?

I started this meal out thinking that I was going to make a stir fry over broccoli stem noodles. But my smaller noodle blade for my spiralizer was in the dishwasher, so I figured I'd just switch it out for the next size, no biggie. WRONG. It literally turned the broccoli stems into something I'd liken to the looks of shaved parmesan cheese. Not really the most aesthetically appealing, and they didn't really pan out to be a good base for the meal. Oh well, again what can ya do? So I just decided to throw them into the stir fry, and put it all over some brown rice instead. 

I think this must have been one of those weird twist of fate mistakes because the shaved broccoli stem pieces were a perfect addition consistency-wise and added a nice crunch like that of a water chestnut. All in all, everything turned out delicious, and the sauce, although spicy, is AMAZING. I might need to put it on everything, just saying.

Here's What You'll Need:

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-5 oz cooked shrimp
-1 red bell pepper, cut into small pieces
-2 bundles of baby bok choy, removed from stem and cleaned
-4 broccoli stems, spiralized with second blade or just sliced very thinly
-1 tbsp olive oil
-3 cloves garlic, minced and separated
-2 tsp sesame oil
-4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or Tamari
-2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced (NOT shaved - if you use shaved ginger it will be significantly less than 2 tbsp)
-2 tbsp sriracha (I use Fix Hot Sauce)
-2 tbsp pure cane sugar


1) In a pan over medium high heat, heat up the olive oil. Once hot, add in one clove of garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
2) Add in the broccoli stem pieces and cook alone for about 2 minutes.
3) Mix around the broccoli stem pieces, and add in the bell pepper and bok choy. Cover and cook for about 5-7 minutes until the boy choy is wilted and bell pepper is cooked through.
4) In the meantime, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, remaining garlic, ginger, sriracha, and sugar in a bowl. 
5) Add the shrimp to the pan and top the whole thing with the sauce. Let cook for another 2- 3 minutes, mixing regularly.
6) Split the stir fry between two bowls, and enjoy!

I served mine over about 1/2 cup of brown rice, and it was perfect. Let me know what you think in the comments below!