ATLANTA – Written by Mel
We are all busy! There just isn’t enough time to sit down with friends or family to enjoy a tasty, home-cooked meal. But you just have to do it — you have to commit to a home-cooked meal with friends and family as much as you can.
To help you to do this, I have created this segment of the blog to give you an idea for something simple and delicious so that you can enjoy family time — together.
I recently started eating quinoa and I have to say it tastes good but it doesn’t have much of a flavor unless you get a box with seasons added. For this dish, I used Near East roasted red pepper and basil quinoa. I then added shrimp, fresh cut peppers and onions to this dish. It takes about 25 minutes to prepare the meal.
First, put the quinoa on to cook since it will take the longest to prepare.
While this is doing its thing, go ahead and prepare the other half of the meal. You can start by cutting up the peppers and some onions. I usually dice my peppers and onions for most dishes but for this one, I used strips. You can also purchase sliced peppers and onions from the frozen section of your grocery store (just make sure you let them thaw before using) but fresh peppers will really make a huge difference with this dish.
Then, turn your attention to preparing the shrimp.
You can purchase already cooked shrimp to make this process very easy. Otherwise, you will have to peel and de-vein them yourself. Either way make sure they are thawed. If you opt for raw shrimp, then you will need to cook them before sautéing them with the peppers. You can boil them on low on the stove or take the juice of a lemon and apply it liberally all over the shrimp. This method turns the shrimp pink but may give the shrimp a lemon taste. If you like, you can rinse the lemon juice off before sautéing.
Finally, when the veggies are cut and the shrimp are ready, pour some olive oil in a skillet and lightly sauté the shrimp and vegetables.
Add a little salt and pepper or any other season if you like. After the shrimp and veggies are done cooking, drain them. By this time, the quinoa should be also finished. After about 7-10 minutes of letting the meal cool, serve the dish with the shrimp and veggies over the bed of quinoa. You can serve it right after heating it but I find that the meal is more tasty when it’s had time to cool. If you don’t like either of these ingredients in this recipe, consider substituting white, brown or yellow rice and chopped chicken.
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