Shrimp, peas and mushrooms are the tri-fecta of ingredients for my boyfriend. Not necessarily his three favorite ingredients...but three of his favorites.
Like most of my meals, it's borne out of wanting to serve him something he'd enjoy...and also something that would be easy to prepare (generally speaking, this means ingredients that I already have in the kitchen and don't need to run out and buy at the supermarket).
1) Prepare the rice.
I like to serve this meal over rice so, since the meal itself is very easy to cook, the first thing to do is start the rice. I prefer brown or long-grain rice. You'll choose whichever you prefer although the brown/long-grain rices have a "nuttier" flavor and crunchier texture that go well with this dish.
1) I prefer pre-cleaned shrimp and anyone who eats shrimp knows what I mean. I'm not interested in mucking about and de-veining these fellas. While fresh shrimp are delicious, I buy them cleaned and sometimes even pre-cooked so that all I have to do is rinse them, toss them in the skillet (or wherever) and let them heat up and soak up whatever flavors I've paired them with.
1) Clean 'em, slice the mushrooms and you can trim off the stringy ends of the peas if you want.
Place the shrimp and the vegetables into a skillet. I use a dash of lemon pepper oil...you can use straight olive oil (or whichever oil you prefer to cook with). This won't take long -- 5 minutes tops -- so make sure you're close to done with regards to cooking the rice.
Constantly move the food around in the skillet so that nothing soaks up too much oil and that everything is evenly coated. As the food cooks, the colors become more vibrant. This is how you'll know the food is almost prepared. Once the colors stand out, let the food heat up a bit more...add about a teaspoon of freshly chopped parsley (or a dash or two of dried parsley). Keep tossing the food around in the skillet, just don't scorch it.
Turn the rice out onto a serving plate and dish the shrimp & vegetables over the rice.
Add a slice of lemon to the plate for added flavor and an extra pop of color. Dig in!
This is another favorite of my guy's...but also one of the frustrating meals I had been serving him. The vegetables would change depending on what was in my kitchen at the time but this is the combination of ingredients he likes the best...and so do I.