Shrimp has got to be by far my favorite seafood to eat; it takes on flavors very well and is quick to cook. Quinoa is a grain that has become popular in the last few years due to its health benefits; it is a great source of fiber and nutrients. It can also be seen as an alternative for rice; it’s easy to cook and I find it pairs very well with seafood especially shrimp. This is a dish that my husband and I cant get enough of!
Total Time: 25 min
Serving: 3-4 people
A package of medium sized cooked frozen shrimp (I purchase mine from Aldi’s)- Of course you can use fresh shrimp as well- Basically, you need SHRIMP!
2 cups of Quinoa
2 handfuls of spinach
1 package of mushrooms
1 tablespoon of basil leaves
1 tablespoon of cajun spice
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon citric acid (or 1/2 a lemon’s juice)
Salt & pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon mined garlic
2 tablespoons Tajin seasoning
- Quinoa should be rinsed before use to remove a layer called saponin; which will give a bitter bite. Therefore, while you have 4 cups of water coming to a boil on the stove top; rinse 2 cups of quinoa before adding to the boiling water. (1 cup of quinoa needs 2 cups of water)
- I used deveined cooked shrimp that was already frozen; I thawed it out by running it over warm water. Since, its already cooked; it takes a short amount of time to heat up. Fresh shrimp may just take a minute or 2 more depending on size. Shrimp in general cooks relatively quickly; which is why its so awesome and always in my fridge!
- Add the olive oil to your large pan and add the minced garlic as well. Let that simmer for a minute; then you can add the shrimp. As soon as you add the shrimp to pan; you sprinkle the garlic powder, tajin seasoning, citric acid, paprika, cajun, basil, and Salt & Pepper. Stir it all together.
- Cut up your mushrooms after cleaning them. I highly recommend scrubbing the dirt off your mushrooms with a sponge or paper towel rather than soak in water since mushrooms will absorb all that water and therefore lose its flavor and shape. Add that to the shrimp pan; cook for another 1-2 minutes till mushrooms are cooked. That’s done and heat should be turned off underneath.
- Go back to loving your quinoa! Quinoa usually takes about 15 minutes to cook. You know your quinoa is cooked when the water is completely gone; similar to rice. Mix in the spinach with the cooked quinoa; spinach wilts almost instantly.
- Then you will slowly start adding the quinoa mixture into the shrimp pan which will allow the quinoa to absorb the juices in that pan. You can also do the opposite; add the shrimp mixture with its juices to the pot and mix. That is entirely up to you 🙂
I make this dish almost once a week at my house because not only is it super simple but very healthy for you. You can’t go wrong!!