garlic shrimp and quinoa

I never considered myself a picky eater until I spent 20 days outside of the US. I couldn’t believe how many things I actually turned my nose up to or asked to substitute. I thought for sure I was more “cultured” and open than that. Well now that I’m willing to admit — “I like what I like” — it makes my life so much easier. I tend to eat lighter, healthy meals that are packed with flavor. They are filling but they don’t leave me feeling stuffed to the point of nausea. Of course, my birthright as a southern girl leads me to the occasional fried catfish plate, but for the most part I prepare my own light and healthy meals.

This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s super flavorful without adding a lot of seasonings, it’s light and very easy to make. I actually found the recipe on Pinterest during the time when I eliminated meat from my diet.

garlic shrimp and quinoa

Ingredients :


Shrimp (peeled + deveined)


White Onion

Vegetable Broth

Olive Oil



Chili Powder

Salt + Pepper

Large pot, large skillet, measuring cup, strainer

garlic shrimp and quinoa

Quinoa :

  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped


  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lb raw shrimp
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper


  1. Soak quinoa in cold water for 5 min, strain to remove bitter coating
  2. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat
  3. Add garlic and onion, saute until onion softens
  4. Add quinoa and chili powder, lightly season with salt + pepper
  5. Saute for 2 min, then add broth
  6. Bring to boil. After it reaches a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20 min or until the broth is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked and tender.
  7. Cook shrimp while quinoa is cooking.
  8. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Saute garlic until fragrant, then add shrimp.
  10. Sprinkle with chili powder, salt and pepper and cook until it’s no longer translucent.
  11. Remove from heat, add shrimp and parsley to cooked quinoa.
  12. Mix well and enjoy while hot.