Shrimp & Asparagus Stir-Fry with Citrus & Black Rice
Asparagus is a rich source of the B-vitamin folate (also known as vitamin B9), a water-soluble vitamin that is key for red blood cell formation and the prevention of anemia. Folate also supports DNA synthesis and repair as well as nerve function.
1 cup black whole-grain rice (TRY: Lundberg Black Japonica Rice)
1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
3 navel oranges
1 tbsp raw honey
2 tsp reduced-sodium tamari
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp safflower oil, divided
1 lb raw medium shrimp (fresh or frozen), peeled and deveined
1 tsp five-spice powder
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 lb thin asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1½- to 2-pieces
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
Cook rice according to package directions, adding ¼ tsp salt to cooking water.
Meanwhile, segment oranges: Cut off stem ends of oranges so they sit upright. Repeat on opposite end. With a paring knife, trim skin off each orange, cutting vertically from top to bottom to remove all of peel and white pith. Working 1 orange at a time over a bowl to catch the juices, remove each section by slicing along the membranes. Cut orange sections in half crosswise and set aside. To a small bowl, add 2 tbsp orange juice (reserve remaining juice for another use) and add honey, tamari, vinegar and ginger; stir to combine. Set aside.
In a large skillet on medium-high, heat 1½ tsp oil. In a large bowl, combine shrimp, five-spice, pepper and remaining ¼ tsp salt. Add to skillet and cook until lightly browned and opaque in thickest part, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Return skillet to medium-high and heat remaining 1½ tsp oil. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, stirring frequently, 3 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness. Add 3 tbsp water and bring to a simmer, scraping up browned bits in bottom of pan with a spoon. Add orange juice–tamari mixture and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 1 minute. Return shrimp to skillet and simmer for 1 minute more, or until shrimp are heated through. Garnish with orange sections. Divide rice among serving plates and top evenly with shrimp mixture.
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups stir-fry and 3/4 cup rice