This just might be one of the easiest dishes you make this year – delicious Syn Free Sweet and Sour Shrimp. The only difficult part is deciding what to serve it with.
This year I am making a real conscious effort to stay on plan as much as possible through the whole of December.
Every year it’s like it gets to December and it all goes to pot with all the festive celebrations and then it gets to January and I am having to lose some lbs I have worked damn hard to get rid of.
I am sure we all do it. There just seems to be so much temptation everywhere the closer it gets to Christmas.
But this year I am keeping strong and staying on plan, just allowing the odd day of treats for those bigs days like Christmas. In which I will have an on plan breakfast and dinner, but treat myself to a lovely dessert or similar.
I think Christmas day, may just be a cheesecake cooked in the Instant Pot because I keep seeing amazing creations in the Instant Pot community, but they are so high synned, I’ve been holding off making them until a special occasion and well Christmas is a special occasion, right?
If you are wondering what an Instant Pot is, It is basically a 7in1 cooker, and it slow cooks, pressure cooks, saute’s, has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge and even makes yoghurt (something I am going to try very soon).
Today we had a busy day planned and I was super rushed for time but needed something for lunch. I didn’t want to go out not eating anything because that is just setting myself for disaster. You are much more likely to grab something unhealthy if you go out unprepared and hungry.
The trouble was, as it was grocery day, there wasn’t really much to choose from to combine together for a meal. Just a bag of stir fry mix in the fridge and some shrimp.
One of the biggest parts of making a meal taste good and appealing is what you choose to season or put with it.
Shrimp and veggies despite how healthy and fresh they might be are pretty boring on their own. So a quick sauce was definitely needed.
I was just about to make my usual quick Honey and Garlic Shrimp – when I changed my mind and went for a super quick Sweet and Sour Shrimp instead.
Seriously you won’t believe how easy it is to make – I quickly sauteed some onion in spray oil, added a bit of freshly grated ginger. Then 1/2 cup of water, 1 tbs of soy sauce (make sure you don’t use a dark soy sauce, or your sweet and sour sauce won’t have that vibrant colour you expect), tomato paste, 3/4 tbs of sukrin gold and 3/4 tbs of rice vinegar. Stir to combine all ingredients and let it bubble a little just till it starts to reduce down and thicken, and then add in the raw shrimp, they literally take just a few minutes and they are cooked.
For the sweet part of this Sweet and Sour Shrimp, you will notice I use sukrin gold, which is a great alternative to brown sugar in recipes. It’s a natural based sweetener with no aftertaste. But feel free to swap it out for your preferred choice of sweetener.
Finish off with some chopped spring onion and the dish is done. I decided to keep this Sweet and Sour Shrimp (prawns) super healthy with just some stir fried speed vegetables, but it would go great with some noodles or Egg Fried Rice.
Looking for some more quick meals to try? Check some of these ready in less than 30-minute recipes:
- Low Syn Stove Top BBQ Chicken
- One Pot Creamy Cheesy Leek Pasta
- Tuna Avocado Salad
- Teriyaki Meatballs
- Syn Free One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
- Quick Hoisin Beef Noodle Stir Fry
- Chicken Chop Suey
- Quick Sriracha Chicken
- Quick Hoisin Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry
- Apricot Chicken Meatballs
Why not give this Syn Free Sweet and Sour Shrimp a try for lunch or dinner. Don’t fancy shrimp? This would also be perfect with chicken or pork, just brown the chicken or pork first, remove from pan and make sauce adding it back into the pan towards the end.
This Syn Free Sweet and Sour Shrimp is a 1 person serving, so I recommend using a smaller frying pan like this Tefal Non-Stick 20cm Frying Pan.
If the frying pan you use is too big, the sauce will just reduce too fast. If you want it to serve more, just double or triple up the ingredients for however many you would like it to serve and you can then use a bigger frying pan.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO SYN FREE SWEET AND SOUR SHRIMP?
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Jug
- Chopping Board
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Wooden Spoon
- Small Frying Pan
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Syn Free Sweet and Sour Shrimp | Slimming World
Yield 1 servings
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Extra Easy - syn free per serving
- Original/SP - syn free per serving
- WW Smart Points - 1
- Gluten Free - use a gluten free soy sauce.
- 200g of large shrimp
- 1/2 small onion, sliced
- 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup (120ml) of water
- 1 tbs of soy sauce (do not use dark) - I used kikkoman
- 1 heaped tbs of tomato paste
- 3/4 tbs of sukrin gold (or other sweetener of choice)
- 3/4 tbs of rice vinegar
- spray oil
- Spray a small 20cm frying pan over a medium-high heat with some spray oil
- Add the onion and fry to soften, add the ginger and fry for a further 1 min.
- Add the tomato paste, soy sauce, sukrin gold, rice vinegar and water and stir to combine.
- As it starts to reduce down, add in the shrimp and simmer till cooked through and sauce is thickened.
- Sprinkle with some chopped spring onion.
- Serve with your choice of sides.
Want more sauce? Just double up the sauce ingredients.
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Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 304 mg
Sodium 1424 mg
Total Carbohydrates 10.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Sugars 4.7 g
Protein 44.2 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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