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Spicy Shrimp with Quinoa

This colorful and flavorful shrimp dish is the perfect recipe to kick off your 2016 healthy lifestyle resolutions.

For those trying to lose weight and eat healthier in the new year – without sacrificing flavor – my January recipe will really satisfy. First, we start with shrimp, a food symbolizing happiness and good fortune that’s packed with omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, which are good for brain and immune system health. Then we serve it over protein- and fiber-packed quinoa (keen-wah) combined with plenty of veggies. Give this quick, fresh and healthy recipe a shot and let me know what you think!


Spicy Shrimp with Quinoa

Serves 2


  • 1 cup raw shrimp, fresh or frozen and defrosted (sub in chicken tenders if desired)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup asparagus, diced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (fresh or canned )
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce (here’s a list of gluten-free sauces)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce (optional)
  • Soy sauce or lime wedge



In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, pepper, garlic and hot sauce (optional). Stir until well blended and set aside.


  1. Combine 1 cup dry quinoa and 1 3/4 cup water in a pot. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and tender.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.


  1. While the quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add peppers, asparagus and onions to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add the shrimp.
  2. When the shrimp begin to turn pink, add the sauce to the pan and stir.
  3. Add the tomatoes and spinach. Continue to cook, stirring frequently  until the shrimp is cooked through.
  4. Add quinoa and stir until well combined. Top with a drizzle of soy sauce or a squeeze of lime. Enjoy.


debimugChef Debi Stuckwisch, of Johnsburg, learned to cook from her mother and grandmother – using fresh ingredients from farm to table. Her company, Meals Like Mom, offers meal services, classes and catering. Reach her at 847.778.9351, and via Facebook.

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