This is one of my favorites! When I haven't a clue as to what to make for dinner, and I don't have anything thawed out, this is my go to! Shrimp take mere minutes to thaw, and who doesn't have a stockpile of quinoa in their cupboards?! Plus, any veggie works here.. root, leafy green, veggies that are really fruits (tomato, avocado)... goes with anything you have on hand. Trust me, you're going to love this, LOVE THIS, one!
(And isn't the picture pretty too?! I'd say not bad when you have two kids literally on your back while your trying for the perfect shot!)
Spicy Shrimp & Quinoa
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2-4 dashes hot sauce (optional)
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 3/4 cup veg or chicken stock
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup raw shrimp (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
In a medium sized bowl, combine soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, pepper, garlic, and hot sauce (if using). Stir until well blended and set aside. Combine quinoa and 1 3/4 cups stock in a pot. Bring to boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
While quinoa is cooking, begin cooking shrimp: Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and shrimp. When shrimp begin to turn pink, add sauce and continue to cook, stirring frequently.
When shrimp is cooked through, add quinoa, and stir until well combined. Drizzle with soy sauce or fresh lime juice.