shrimp broccoliMy daughter brought home Chinese food the other day.  Even though I know its carb, preservative,  additive, sugar and salt-laden… I still missed / craved it.  As far as food groups go, Chinese is the absolute worst for you!  Why do you think they can charge so little and seemingly be in business forever without many consistent customers?  Because of all the stuff they add that makes it barely even food anymore!

Anyway- moving on from my rant.  The Chinese food did smell good.   Tonight I made a great Paleo sweet and sour shrimp recipe that  definitely satisfied my craving.  It smells Chinese, tastes Chinese, and looks Chinese but doesn’t have any of the bad for you stuff I mentioned in the rant.


2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 16 ounce bag cauliflower and broccoli mix, frozen

1/2 16 ounce bag pepper and onion strips, frozen

1 16 ounce bag medium, precooked shrimp, frozen but thawed if possible (If it is not ready when you want to use it, cut the top of the bag off and fill it with warm water)

1/2 to 1 cup sliced baby Bella sliced mushrooms ( I love mushrooms so I used  1 cup)

3/4 cup pineapple tidbits with juice


1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon cumin


Fill bag of shrimp with warm water and leave in the sink. Place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the pan, rotate pan to coat the surface.   Place the cauliflower, broccoli, pepper and onion strips in the pan.  Turn the heat to medium low.  Cook veggies for 3 minutes.  While the frozen veggies are cooking cut the tails off of the shrimp.  After the frozen veggies have cooked for three minutes, drain the water from the pan and from the shrimp.  Place the veggies back in the pan and add the mushrooms, pineapple, and shrimp.  Turn heat up to medium and let cook for 3 minutes more.   While the veggies, pineapple and shrimp are cooking, in a medium microwave safe bowl place all of the sauce ingredients.   Microwave for 20 seconds.  Its easier to mix the honey when its melted.   Mix the sauce ingredients together using a fork and pour over the ingredients in the pan.   Mix the sauce in so that it coats all of the ingredients in the pan.  Cook on medium high for 3 more minutes.  Serve with a slotted spoon (no rice if you’ve gone paleo) and enjoy!  Makes 4 servings..