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Stir-Fried Shrimp and Vegetables

Serves 4

A stir-fry is a quick, easy and, depending on the ingredients, healthy meal for any occasion. However, when a variety of vegetables is included, there is a certain amount of prep work involved. I usually do not mind that but, unless I plan ahead, I don't always have the appropriate fresh vegetables on hand or the extra time to clean and cut them all. That is when frozen mixed vegetables come in handy. The variety I like to use for this recipe includes edamame, snow peas, baby corn, water chestnuts, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms, and comes without a seasoning packet or sauce. I add a few other vegetables for flavor and color, and the seasonings or sauces of my choice. If desired, make it even quicker by purchasing shrimp that are peeled and deveined.

Ingredients

Pat shrimp dry with paper towels. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the 2 tablespoons oil, then the shrimp. Sauté just until pink, about 2 minutes per side. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.

Add the peppers and onions to the skillet. Sauté, tossing occasionally, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté another minute. Add the frozen vegetables and ginger. Sauté, tossing often, until desired tenderness, about 6 minutes. Add the sherry, cooked shrimp, soy sauce and sesame oil. Toss for about one minute to combine. Serve immediately over rice, pasta or noodles.