Tuesday, June 4, 2019

WW: Summer Challenge #recipe

I challenged both my boys ages 11 and almost 14 to research a recipe, go shopping for the ingredients and to make the recipe.

Isaak was up first (he's the youngest). I thought it would be great to work with him on his recipe, since Mica was away at camp. He chose to make Szechuan Shrimp. It's nothing we've made, so I was glad he picked something new. He wrote down the ingredients, and we were off to the store to get what we needed.


1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sherry
2 red bell peppers, cut into slices
1 1/4 cup long-grain rice
1 1/2 pounds of medium shrimp, shelled
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 sliced scallions
1/2 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil


1. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, ketchup, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sherry. Heat a large frying pan over moderately high heat until hot. Add the bell peppers and stir-fry until starting to blacken, about 5 min. Remove.

2. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, about 10 min.

3. Toss the shrimp with the remaining 2 tablespoons sherry and the cornstarch. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in the frying pan over high heat. Add the shrimp and stir-fry until just done, 3 to 4 min. Remove the shrimp and add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Reduce the heat and add the charred bell peppers, garlic, ginger, the chopped scallions, and the red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes.

4. Increase the heat to high. Add the broth mixture and boil until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and sliced scallions and just heat through. Drizzle the sesame oil over the top. Serve the shrimp with the rice.

Time to Eat!

Isaak learned a lot! He now knows to look over a recipe before he dives in. He needed help along the way. 

He said, "Mom now I know why you get annoyed when I try and talk to you, while you are making a meal. It's also very satisfying to know I made this meal!" 

It was his idea, for me to document the process. He even would stop stirring and would say, "Ok Mom take a picture." 

He decided to pair this meal up with raw cabbage and pineapple. He likes raw cabbage better than cooked. 

Do you have any summer challenges?

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stevebethere said...

Yum it looks delicious well done to Isaak :-)

Hope you all devoured it heheh!

Have a shrumptastic week :-0

Veronica Lee said...

Bravo, Isaak! The shrimps look amazing!

Happy WW, A!

csuhpat1 said...

Great job and that looks so lovely. Very nice. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

Lydia C. Lee said...

Looks delicious!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I love this challenge! We may do it this summer with the girls. They don't have a lot planned yet, so this would be a great way to fill in some summer boredom time.

Isaak did a fabulous job with his meal. It looks and sounds scrumptious! I like raw cabbage too, but because of my tummy issues, it's hard for me to digest.

Liz Mays said...

I love that you're doing this with them. What a cool idea!

mail4rosey said...

I love that he picked something new!! This is so much fun! I want to do it now. Side note: I like raw cabbage better than cooked too.


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