OK, so once I started driving it cooled down a little . . . to 99. Sheesh! But secretly, I kind of love it when it’s this hot. I will take a scorcher over freezing cold any day of the week! It’s the humidity that ruins it for me. Regardless of the humidity level, though, temps that high mean one thing: treadmill time!
I hit the ‘mill in my apartment complex fitness room for an easy 4 miles while watching some Ellen, then followed it up with a few weights a la Jackie Warner.
Still can’t stand strength training. Maybe someday I’ll get into it. Today is not that day.
The good news, however, is that I wore the compression shorts for a third time today and had another smooth run. They definitely take some getting used to, but I felt good in them the whole time, so I’m thinking Saturday’s experience was more IBS related and not the fault of the shorts. Good deal! I hate when I buy something and then it just ends up sitting in my drawer.
By the time I was done working out and cleaning up my apartment, I was feeling a veggie-packed stir fry for dinner. After a quick trip to the store to grab some veggies, I headed into the kitchen to put together just that!
Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Stir Fry
Serves 1 or 2 (with rice)
1 serving raw shrimp (about 10 31-40 shrimp)
2 cups pre-cut stir fry veggies from the produce section or frozen stir fry veggies
1/4 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped pineapple
1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts
1 clove garlic, minced & divided
1/2 T. + 1 tsp. sesame oil, divided
For the sauce/marinade:
1 tsp. sesame oil (from list above)
2 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 T. rice wine vinegar
1 T. Pampered Chef Spicy Pineapple Rum Sauce (or 1 T. honey + a pinch of red pepper flakes)
1/2 clove of garlic (from list above)
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
Start by making sure the shrimp are peeled and deveined. This is a gross job, so if you can stick it on someone else, do! If you’re on your own, suck it up and get it done.
Then, put all of the ingredients for the marinade except the cornstarch into a resealable plastic container. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
Heat 1/2 T. sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add stir fry veggies, red pepper, and water chestnuts, and fry, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. If the pan is too dry, add more oil or a good hefty spray of non-stick spray. I try to go light on the oil because I hate greasy stir fry.
Reduce heat to medium and add in the pineapple, remaining garlic, and shrimp, reserving marinade. Saute another 3-4 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. Meanwhile, add the cornstarch to the reserved marinade. Put the top back on the resealable container and shake it gently to incorporate the cornstarch. Pour it over the stir fry and cook another minute or two, just until the sauce thickens.
Serve over rice or by itself.
As you can see, I opted for rice. At first.
Then I realized, I don’t really like rice. I know it’s what you’re supposed to eat with stir fry, but it just doesn’t do anything for me.
And it’s freaking hard to eat rice with chopsticks! I mean, I can (my daddy taught me ), but it’s a pain in the you-know-what.
So I ditched the rice . . .
And focused on the good stuff!
Which, incidentally, totally rocked my socks! Sweet and spicy and just plain good! Also, I have decided that pineapple is a requirement for me in stir fry.
Pineapple does good things with soy sauce and shrimp. YUM.
This evening, I need to devote all of my attention to my DVR’ed episode of The Bachelorette. I had it on last night while I was putzing around, but I need to do a thorough viewing tonight. However, just from the bits and pieces I saw, I can already say I am not a Bentley fan. But, speaking of hella-hot . . . J.P.? Swoon! Hope he lost . . . J.P., I’m available!
Oh, and the guy with the mask? She’s being way too nice. It’s weird. Stop. No matter what the meaning behind it is, it’s still WEIRD!!!
I never watched any of The Bachelor/Bachelorette shows until last season with Ali. Honestly, I found it super depressing. I mean, these are supposed to be the cream of the crop, and this is what she gets???? Sheesh. I hope there is some bachelor out there for me who isn’t a total douche bag. Just saying.
Are you a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan? What do you think of this group of guys?