If you are looking for a dinner that sways toward the lighter side, doesn't require a lot of preparation and offers easy cleanup, then you'll love tonight's dinner for 2.  

Tonight, I'll be making Hoisin and Sesame Shrimp Rice Packets.  Each packet contains shrimp, onion, red bell pepper, broccoli and rice.  Everything is cooked together in aluminum foil, so when dinner is over all you have to do is throw the foil away and the cleanup is done! Given that my husband does the dishes in our household -- he is a big fan of this meal.

I have to credit my friend Julie for providing the marinade for this dish.  Julie has a wonderful health and fitness blog called Peanut Butter Fingers.  I encourage you to check it out if you love to eat, work out and read about the daily adventures of a ridiculously cute couple and their dog.

Hoisin and Sesame Shrimp Rice Packets
Total Time: 45 minutes if you use the oven / 25 minutes if you use the grill
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes in the oven / 15 minutes on the grill 

What you'll need
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
1/4 sweet onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 red bell pepped, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed with a garlic press
1 cup chicken stock 
2 teaspoons sesame seeds

1. Preheat the oven or grill to 350 degrees F. 
2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic.
3. Add shrimp, onion and bell pepper to the bowl or you can add the marinade, shrimp and vegetables to a plastic bag.  
4. Mix (or shake if you use the plastic bag) until shrimp and vegetables are evenly coated in the marinade.
5.  Fold two 18-inch-long pieces of foil in half; unfold and place 1/2 cup uncooked minute rice in the center of each foil piece. 
6. Divide broccoli and shrimp mixture evenly among packets.  Carefully add 1/2 cup of chicken stock to each packet. 
7. Fold foil to close and crimp edges to seal. 
5. Bake for 35 minutes in the oven or 15 minutes on the grill.  Once the shrimp is no longer translucent and the rice is cooked through, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy!
* Tip -- if you aren't a shrimp fan you can easily substitute the shrimp for chicken.  

01/19/2014 10:47

Rice is missing from ingredient list. Can you revise?


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