Thai Coconut Shrimp Pasta
8 oz dry brown rice noodles or pasta of your choice
2 cups broccoli florets
2/3 cup light coconut milk
1 tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp natural peanut butter with sea salt
1 tsp ginger, ground
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 cup bean sprouts
24 medium raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and rinsed under cold running water
Bring 2 medium pots of water to a boil over high heat. In 1 pot, cook pasta according to package directions, then rinse with hot water to ensure pasta doesn’t get sticky when left to stand. (NOTE: Hot water washes away the starch better than cold water.) Fluff pasta with your fingers or a fork to further de-clump noodles, then set aside. In the second pot of boiling water, add broccoli, cover, turn heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, add coconut milk, tomato paste, peanut butter, ginger, garlic, pepper flakes and lime juice. Use a fork or whisk to thoroughly combine.
Simmer coconut mixture, bell pepper and bean sprouts in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent clumping. Add shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes, then flip shrimp over and continue to cook for a final minute.
Toss noodles and broccoli with coconut-shrimp mixture and serve piping hot.
Makes 4 servings