Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fiesta Shrimp Quinoa

This is what happens when I get trapped inside my house for days on end.  I need fun food... and drinks.  We have blessedly been unscathed by Debby unless you count Dakota wiping out on our floor and putting a tooth into her cheek.  She's ok now but it took a lot of ice chips and hugs.  Despite having a large wound in her mouth and a lot of swelling, her appetite was unaffected.  I'm not really surprised though.
So what was she eating to feel better?  Food made more fun by calling it "fiesta."  It does make it more fun right?  You know what's also fun about this dinner?  It is packed with nutrients that make your body happy!

Have you tried quinoa?  Did you love it?  I wasn't convinced the first time I made it.  I just wasn't getting enough flavor in the recipes I was making.  I kept trying though since it is such an awesome food.  Although quinoa is used like a grain (it can be ground into flour too) it is actually a seed that is in the same family as spinach and beets.  Quinoa has some pretty sweet nutritional properties, here are just a few:

  • Fiber- In just a 1/4 cup there is 3-5g of fiber, that's up to 20% of your daily value.
  • Protein- While quinoa is no replacement for meat, it does have 8g of complete protein in one cup which is a lot more than any grain you might be serving up with dinner.
  • Flavonoids- Quinoa ranks with berries for its high content of some flavonoids.
  • Minerals- Quinoa is high in magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. 

So what does this mean?  Basically quinoa is awesome!  It has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes damage repair in your body.  This means the potential to control blood sugar, lower the risk of cancer, lower cholesterol and improve digestion.  For more information on quinoa check out this site.

Fiesta Lime Shrimp

1lb wild caught shrimp
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 ½  cup canned tomatoes
1 ½ cup vegetable broth
juice from 1 1/2 limes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp herbamare
4 green onions, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, minced
¼ cup tomato, chopped

Shrimp Marinade
1 clove garlic, minced
juice from ½ lime
¼ tsp chili powder
1 tbsp cilantro
1/8 tsp herbamare

Peel and clean shrimp.

Combine marinade ingredients coat shrimp.

Allow to marinate in refrigerator until ready to cook.
Chop up all of those tasty veggies.

Set aside minced cilantro and chopped green onions

In a large pot combine tomatoes, quinoa, broth and lime juice.  I used my homemade whole tomatoes that I canned earlier this year.  If you have to use store bought, look for them in a glass jar to avoid BPA or other chemicals.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover.

In a separate pan, sauté onions in olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Add celery, green pepper, garlic and herbamare.
Continue cooking until veggies are desired crispness.  I cooked mine for only about 2-3 minutes because I like some crunch!

Add shrimp and continue cooking until pink.

Remove from heat and set aside until quinoa is ready.

When quinoa is cooked (15-20 minutes) add shrimp and veggies to quinoa.

Add green onions and cilantro and gently combine.

A big ol' pot of deliciousness!

Serve over some leafy greens (I used thinly sliced kale) and garnish with tomatoes.

Nothing like a little shrimp eatin' and book readin'.

Aidric was displeased with the texture of the quinoa (again) but loved the shrimp.

Make this for dinner tonight and have your own little fiesta!


  1. How do I print your recipes easily? is there a printer friendly button somewhere?

  2. Sorry, I don't have a plugin since I haven't found one that works with blogger. It's one of the things I'm working on!