Asparagus, Artichoke, Shrimps Parchment Cooking/En-Papillote 芦笋, 洋蓟,虾仁 “纸包” 蒸

In the past, Spring usually brings asparagus, asparagus and more asparagus to the dinner table. This Spring however, artichoke made its way to join asparagus in unexpected surprises.

Use fresh whole artichokes if possible however for the benefit of quick and easy meal preparation, frozen artichoke hearts can be a happy alternative. Artichokes and Pea Flatbread/Lavash Pizza, ABC Pita Pizza, Artichoke and Leek Soup, and even a Steamed Vegetables-Medley Packet (Vegetables En Papillote), they are easy and delicious dinner or side-dishes using frozen artichoke hearts.

Even though it is frozen version, these artichoke hearts impart so much flavor to the dish. Best of all, this dish takes no more than 30 minutes - prep. to finish.

Asparagus, Artichoke,  Shrimps En-Papillote/Steamed Packets 芦笋, 洋蓟,虾仁 “纸包” 蒸
4-5 artichoke hearts (if frozen, thawed before use)
1/2 zucchini, sliced thinly
4-6 asparagus spears (keep the stems for other uses such as making Asparagus Soup)
1/4 heirloom tomato, chopped to bite-sizes
3 big shrimps (frozen, thawed before use), diced
1-2 garlic, thinly sliced
2 thin slices ginger, finely minced
1 green onion, finely chopped, garnish before serving
Some cooked pasta (shell pasta preferred for ease of mixing)

Directions: Lay all the ingredients in the parcel and steam for 10-12 mins. Rest for 5 mins, then unwrap the parcel and toss cooked macaroni with the steamed shrimps and vegetables.

It is light, healthy yet still very flavorful. Good food and easy cooking surely make everyone happy!

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