Bok Choy Shrimp
by lisa | 6 April 2013 10:16
My husband, who does an awful lot of the cooking around my house, is away in Germany on business. This means that if I want to eat; I have to cook. I cook up things that are fast and easy when I’m on my own. This meal took me about 10 minutes to make from start to finish.
My quick and easy dinner
I paired my shrimp with some stir fried bok choy.
Beautiful bok choy
Fun facts about bok choy:
- Bok choy contains certain anti-oxidant plant chemicals like thiocyanates, indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zea-xanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. Along with dietary fiber and vitamins these compounds help to protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers and help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.
- Bok-choy has more vitamin A, carotenes, and other flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants than cabbage and cauliflower. Just 100 g of fresh vegetable provides 4468 IU or 149% of daily-required levels of vitamin A.
- It’s a very good source of vitamin K, providing about 38% of RDA levels. Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone metabolism by promoting osteotrophic activity in bone cells. Therefore, enough vitamin K in the diet makes your bones stronger, healthier and delays osteoporosis. Further, vitamin-K also has an established role in curing Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.
- Bok choy is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and it is uniquely beneficial for its calcium availability – bok choy is lower in oxalate, a substance that binds up calcium and prevents it from being absorbed, than most other leafy greens. 54% of the calcium in bok choy can be absorbed by the human body – compare this to 5% in spinach, a high oxalate vegetable, and 32% in milk. We can much more readily absorb calcium from bok choy than from dairy products.
- 100 grams of shrimp (per person)
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 handful of chopped cilantro
- juice of half a lime
- 2 Tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
- 2 Thai chilis
- salt to taste
- 1 large head of bok choy, chopped
What to do
- Heat your oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Throw in your garlic, shrimp, cilantro, lime and whole chilis and cook until shrimp starts to brown.
- Add in your chopped bok choy and continue to cook until it is wilted and tender.
- Salt to taste (or use fish sauce).
Super nutrition in a bowl
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