Paying for Gluttony: Shrimp Salad Stir Fry

I am a glutton and proud of it. Unlike the typical red-blooded American addiction to “Mickey Dee’s” and Coca-Cola, my gluttony finds form in artisanal cheeses, dark chocolates, Sauvignon Blanc, and dry-aged rib-eyes.

Whole weekends revolve around food. Dinners are planned weeks in advance. Jim and I are known to turn down invitations to go out because we want a Saturday night with nothing to do but cook, snack, and watch reruns of The Wire. When we do go out, we hound friends about where and what we’ll eat, whether the restaurant is Zagat rated and—“just in case”—we stash some homemade snacks in my bag.

If you invite me over to your kitchen, I’m cooking dinner, and it will be a decadent, waistband-popping, many-plated meal. If I invite you out for dinner, rest assured that I’ve researched everything about the restaurant’s menu, making certain it will appease everyone’s palate.

I’m constantly pushing my favorite foods on friends and family, and long, languid afternoons are often spent talking about idolized chefs and perfect meals.

So, it’s no surprise that I spend Mondays popping antacids and sulking about my weight. It’s also a reason why I don’t normally blog about Mondays’ dinners of bare fish and salads. Tonight, however, things were different.

Cursing my lack of willpower—that fifth piece of pizza on Saturday, those chocolate dipped cookies on Sunday—I wallowed in self pity late last night, wallowing until it began to feel good. I felt happy about my indulgences—lucky that I can eat the foods I love, lucky to have loved ones to share with. And by embracing my gluttony, I started to feel good about my Monday healthy dinner and got creative. A variation on my fish and salad Mondays, this stir fry was almost too satisfying to be so healthy!

Shrimp Salad Stir Fry

Serve with a white sticky rice. If you don’t have a large wok, use the biggest skillet you have for this recipe—the lettuce takes up a LOT of room before it wilts!

  • 1 to 1Β½ pounds shrimp, deveined and tailed.
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 hearts of romaine lettuce, each head cut crosswise once or twice
  • 1 T canola oil
  • ΒΌ cup chicken broth
  • 3 T dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1Β½ tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

To make sauce, combine broth, soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch and red pepper flakes. Set aside. Heat canola oil in a wok over high heat, once hot add garlic and fry about 1 minute, stirring. Add shrimp and fry for about 3 minutes, stirring. Add 1/3 of lettuce, stirring until it beings to wilt and make room in the wok. Add second 1/3 of lettuce and stir until that begins to wilt. Add remaining lettuce and sauce. Simmer for a few minutes. Serve over white rice (unless you’ve eaten too many carbs over the weekend!)

6 thoughts on “Paying for Gluttony: Shrimp Salad Stir Fry”

  1. your whole post gave me a big smile. if you’re a glutton, then I sure am too. and *definitely* not for typical american food. I just wish I could get my husband to change his food ways a bit. then I’d be golden. I also always find myself concerned with the food aspect of any private social occasion or get together. your comment about restaurants really made me laugh. every time my friends have a birthday or event that they want to celebrate at a restaurant I have never been to, you can guarantee when I get there I will have already perused the menu a few times online, looked up reviews, etc. it’s just nice to know I’m not alone. πŸ˜‰

  2. Oh talking about food – sometimes i feel as if it’s all i can talk about. I made your tamale pie, btw, and it was g-l-o-r-i-o-u-s! We ate two platefuls and there was little left for KS’s leftovers lunch. To be made again for sure – it was like a Mexican shepherd’s pie!! YUM!

  3. I feel the exact same way when it comes to weekends and food. I constantly restrict myself during the week only to completely let myself go on the weekends. I can deal with the spinach salads and plain veggies for a while, but once the weekend rolls around I crave something more complex. Your stir-fry looks great and I’ll have to try it as something to spice up my bland weekday routine. Then on the weekend maybe I can try your tamale pie. πŸ™‚

    Love your blog!

  4. Melissa- Isn’t it nice to be in this little community of food blogger!? It’s the only place where I can say things about being a happy glutton and people won’t think I’m crazy!! Thanks for reading the post!

    Radish- I’m so glad you liked the dish! It reminded me of shepard’s pie too, though a nice variation to have the corn topping instead of potato!

    Lrfoodies- Thanks! Oh, I love the weekends, I can’t wait to pig out this weekend, but I haven’t figured out what to make yet!

    Claudia- Haha, I did eat it, right after the picture!

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