Basil and Shrimp Quinoa


This tasty dish combines the earthy flavor of quinoa with fresh herbs and tender shrimp.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 160
Fat 7g
Saturated fat 1g
Carbohydrates 14g
Sodium 543mg
Fiber 2g
Protein 11g
Cholesterol 55mg

Basil and Shrimp Quinoa

8 cups
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  • 3 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 TB. minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 stalks asparagus, chopped (1 cup)
  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1[1/2] tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 TB. lemon zest
  • 2 cups red quinoa
  • [1/2] cup fresh basil, chopped
  • [1/2] lb. medium raw shrimp (18 to 20), shells and veins removed


In a 2-quart pot over low heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. Add garlic, and cook for 3 minutes.

Increase heat to medium, add broccoli and asparagus, and cook for 2 minutes.

Add chicken broth, salt, black pepper, and lemon zest, and bring to a boil. Stir in red quinoa, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

Fold in basil and shrimp, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, cover, and set aside for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Tasty Tip
If you like ginger, you can add 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger when you add the broccoli and asparagus for a very refreshing flavor.

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