Valentines day is just around the corner, and with Beyoncé having twins it seems like the love is definitely in the air....so the love is definitely in the air . So why not keep the love going by cooking this healthy, festive Quinoa and Cajun Shrimp dish for that special some one in your life. This Quinoa and Cajun Shrimp recipe was inspired from one of Jamie Oliver's cook books when I was thumbing through it one day in the book store. I was looking for something healthy and tasty and thought to give it a try, and I loved it ever since...and so does the hubby. I really like how the sweetness of the pomegranate plays well with the spiciness of the Cajun Shrimp...so there's like a sweet and spicy thing going on here.
According to varies of health sources, like authoritynutrition.com., pomegranate lowers the risk of heart diseases and other malignant diseases. I absolutely love the fruit. It can look intimating at first, but once you get through that tough red exterior, it's delicious. They also say quinoa is very high in fiber and magnesium, it's also gluten-free. So this dish isn't only tasty, but good for you. Here is the recipe:
1 225g box of Vegetable Quinoa ( or regular, or any flavor of your choice)
25 pieces of Jumbo Shrimp
1 yellow bell pepper, Sliced
1 small onion, diced
1 box of vegetable broth
3 tsps of Cajun seasoning
1 tsp of minced garlic
a nob of butter
2 tbsps. of olive oil
In a medium pot, boiled quinoa with 2 cups of water for 10 minutes, reducedheat and simmer for 5 minutes. Once down fluff with fork.
Rinse Jumbo Shrimp under cool water and de-shell them, if required. Place aside.
In a big shallow pan, sauté onions in olive oil for 8 minutes until slightly brown. Then stir in minced garlic for 1 minute. Then add jumbo shrimp and Cajun seasoning and let cook for 8 minutes until the water is cooked out. Add a nob of butter and sauté the Jumbo shrimp and sliced yellow peppers for 3 minutes. Deglazed the pan with 2/3 cups of vegetable broth. Simmer for 2 minutes and let cool.
Serve the Cajun Shrimp and yellow peppers on a bed of quinoa and spoon the broth over it.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve.
Enjoy and have a wonderful Valentines Day! :)