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Spicy Basil Shrimp and Spinach Quinoa Protein Bowl

Posted Jan 28 2013 10:23am

After trying Protein Bar’s Spinach and Pesto Quinoa Bowl , I wanted to re-create this healthy and delicious treat on my own.

I substituted shrimp for chicken and black quinoa for regular quinoa, which gave the dish a bit more of a crunch. However, I’m interested to see how regular quinoa would make this taste. All in all I really loved the flavor and was very pleased with how the overall dish came out.

I pretty much eye balled all of the ingredients so this recipe may need to be tweaked to your own personal taste.

Spicy Basil Shrimp and Spinach Quinoa Bowl

Ingredients:
20 medium shrimp cooked or uncooked (I used cooked)
2-3 C fresh baby spinach
1 C uncooked quinoa (I used black quinoa)
3 C fresh basil (I used one of those large cartons of organic basil you can find at the grocery store or trader joes)
2 large lemons-juiced
2 Tbs minced garlic
1/2 Tbs hot pepper flakes
1/2 C raw cashews
1/3 C olive oil
1/3 lb Aged Pecorino or Parmesan grated (I used Pecorino Grand Cru from Sicily)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
In a pot boil 1 C quinoa with 2.5 C water until all water is cooked down and quinoa is tender.

While quinoa is cooking, sauté the shrimp in a pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper until they are pink.

In a blender combine the basil, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cashews, hot pepper flakes, and 3/4 of the shredded cheese. Blend until smooth and add salt and pepper to taste.

Once all three components are finished and cooked, in a large bowl combine the shrimp and quinoa with the spinach and toss lightly. Top the quinoa mixture with as little or as much of the pesto dressing. I used about 3/4 of the dressing and saved the rest for another day. Toss gently until everything is mixed well. Serve hot, luke warm, or cold. Top with remaining shredded cheese.

This is a protein rich meal that is spicy, fresh, and really filling. It was great on a cold winter night, but I imagine it would be just as good on a hot summer day. And you can interchange a lot of the ingredients by adding chicken instead of shrimp, different types of grains instead of quinoa, and even adding more vegetables. A fast, healthy, flavorful dish for any weeknight!

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