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Thai Peanut Shrimp & Rice Salad Bowl

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

I remember the first time I had this Thai peanut shrimp on a trip to Bangkok. It was so delicious that I asked the chef to show me how she had made it so I can make the same dish for my friends back in the US.

She gladly obliged saying “food is for everyone, recipes can’t be a secret” so here I am today sharing the pearl of Asia that I found in Thailand. Take note that peanuts and shrimps are both allergens so you might want to check that no one is allergic to either before serving this dish.

Let’s start by getting all the ingredients for this delicious, low-carb dish.

First of all, you’ll need ⅓ cup of purple cabbage, raw coleslaw, matchstick carrots, sliced bell pepper, shelled edamame, and chopped cilantro. You’ll also need chopped peanuts for the garnish and a quarter cup of green onions.

Of course, don’t forget half a pound of either jumbo shrimp or raw prawns.

Set your favorite skillet to medium-high heat then spray it with some olive oil. Once it’s hot enough, throw in your shrimps before adding some sea salt and pepper. Keep cooking until you see your prawns turn pink. This should take you around six to eight minutes.

Dump all of your salad ingredients in a large bowl then add in your shrimp along with a quarter cup of the homemade peanut sauce. Mix these together with a spatula and keep tossing the salad until everything blends together evenly.

Garnish with your chopped peanuts, green onion, and cilantro. You can also use storebought peanut sauces or even peanut butter if you’re in a rush but the homemade option is way tastier — certainly better than random instant pot pad thai recipes.

Voila! You have yourself a Thai gem that will impress even the savviest chefs.

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Thai Peanut Shrimp & Rice Salad Bowl

Ingredients

For 1 serving:

  • 1/2 lb raw prawns or jumbo shrimp (or your choice of protein)
  • Salad:
    • 1/3 cup shredded purple cabbage
    • 1/3 cup Cole slaw (raw)
    • 1/2 cup cooked basmati brown rice (optional)
    • 1/3 cup matchstick carrots
    • 1/3 cup sliced bell pepper
    • 1/4 cup green onions (or to taste)
    • 1/3 cup shelled edamame
    • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro (or to taste)
    • Garnish: chopped peanuts
Steps
  1. Set a skillet on medium high heat and spray it with a little olive oil. When the skillet is hot, toss in the shrimp. Add a few pinches of sea salt & pepper and cook until the prawns turn pink, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Assemble the salad by dumping all of the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl. Add shrimp and about 1/4 cup of the homemade peanut sauce. Toss and mix together using a spatula.
  3. Garnish with chopped peanuts for crunch and more cilantro and green onion if desired. Note: remember that peanuts tend to be calorie dense so if you’re trying to keep your calories low, I recommend adding only 1 tablespoon of chopped peanuts or just leaving them out.

Approximate macros for 1 of 6 servings (about 1/4 cup) of sauce

Approximate macros for 1 of 6 servings (about 1/4 cup) of sauce

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Calories
138
Protein
5g
Fat
10g
Carbs
10g
Sodium
-
Fiber
2g
Sugar
6g
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Homemade Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

For homemade peanut sauce for 1.5 cup:

  • 6 tablespoons natural peanut butter (with oil recommended)
  • 3/4 cup lite coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • tablespoons of water to thin as desired
Steps
  1. In a bowl, add the ingredients for the peanut sauce and mix together using a fork or whisk. If the peanut butter is too thick or hard, simply place it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften. Once the sauce is the same smooth consistency, set it aside. Feel free to add tablespoons of water to thin it out if desired.

Approximate macros for 1 serving with 1/4-cup peanut sauce

Calories
585
Protein
46g
Fat
22g
Carbs
48g
Sodium
-
Fiber
6g
Sugar
13g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.