Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Quinoa with Grilled Shrimp & Roasted Asparagus

Tonight is Ash Wednesday, and you can't eat meat.  So I made quinoa for the first time.  I hope it looks alright.  My friends Courtney & Rhiannon eat this stuff lots, and they are quite fit and trim.  In all the "get slender" books I've read, quinoa is always mentioned as a healthy option - a high protein, complex carb - the ultimate combination.

Here's what I gathered up: 

Red Kitchen Quinoa Ingredients:

Packaged Quinoa
1 Bunch Asparagus
Sun - dried Tomatoes
Chopped Green Onions
Diced White Onion
Olive Oil

  1.  Prepare quinoa per package instructions.
  2. In a separate skillet, saute 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat.  When hot, add diced white onions.  I also added some left over mushrooms that were in my fridge (so add optional left over veggies you may need to cook).  Then add green onions and parsley or cilantro or whatever your favorite herb may be.  Chopped garlic also works well here.
  3. Once the quinoa is ready, combine the skillet ingredients with it.
  4. I also added the chopped sun-dried tomatoes at this point.
Following: a perfect accompaniment!

Red Kitchen Asparagus:
  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees or 400 degrees convection roast.
  • Rinse, then trim ends.  Dry and spread on a foil-lined pan.  Season with salt & garlic powder.  Drizzle with olive oil and roll the asparagus to coat evenly.
  • Roast 20 minutes.
  • Top with reggianno parmesan or asiago.

Grilled Shrimp:
  • I always have a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer.  I run them under cold water until I can peel them, then pat them dry on a paper towel.
  • Spray a grill pan with canola oil.  My stove is perfect at about 5 minutes on medium high.  They're all different, I've learned.  When hot, put the shrimp on about 3-5 minutes per side.
  • Sprinkle with a little seasoning: sometimes I use lemon pepper.


  1. I would really like to try this dish. I had quinoa just one time and wasn't terribly impressed. But it sounds really good in this recipe!

  2. I cannot wait to make this!! Will let you know how it turns out! So excited!

  3. I made this tonight. Loved it!!! Turned out better than i expected. My 'almost hubby' was so impressed!
    Absolutely wonderful!