Thai Basil Shrimp Stir Fry

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I made the mistake of exercising.

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My husband is a ridiculously fit specimen of a human. He can run literal marathons on any given day & is now into something called olympic lifting????? I don’t know but he had to buy special shoes & I was annoyed.

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So I reluctantly go with him to the gym this weekend. I really only like activities that I look cute doing. Exercise is not one of them. Some girls look totally kewl & confident, just moseying from machine to machine, knowing how to operate them & stuff. I, on the other hand, try to be as nondescript as possible. It’s the one time Baby gets put in the corner – on a treadmill out of the way.

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An hour goes by & I’m winding down – dreaming of lunch. Garr comes in & is like, “Ok – time for SQUATS!!!” Like, is this absolutely necessary? Apparently so. I don’t know exactly how many I did, but I know at least 800 squat/lunge combos were done. I’ve always kind of walked like I have a stick up my butt, but today it’s serious. I’d like a walker, please.

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But this low carb stir fry is really helping my six pack.


Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves : 2


  • 1 lb. of shrimp, peeled + deveined + uncooked
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 piquillo pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of hoisin
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of water
  • 1 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 2 minutes
  • Add red peppers + S+P, cook 2 minutes
  • Add piquillo pepper + garlic, cook 1 minute
  • Add shrimp + S+P, cook until pink
  • In a bowl, combine hoisin + soy sauce + water + sugar
  • Pour hoisin mix in the skillet + let thicken, about 2 minutes
  • Turn off heat + add basil + lime juice + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Serve hot
  • Eat it all this is practically negative calories

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