One of the best things about learning new things no matter how old you are is that its like a whole New world. How many of you used to always cook similar to your parents cooking (particularly your mom) but I know there are some good cooks that are Dad’s too. Well my mom was very traditional , so traditional in fact that we always had a roast of any kind, pork, beef, chicken on Sunday’s. No matter what. Even if it was in the middle of summer and hot as heck out there, we still had a roast. Most of my mother’s meals were pretty simple, probably because she was a single mom and raising two kids is tough. So I used to cook a lot of meals similar to my mom’s because that was pretty much all I knew. Sound familiar? A lot of the meals weren’t the healthiest either, there was a lot of canned foods and processed. Mostly because they were always cheaper. Vegetables only ever came in a can. Oh and you can’t forget the mashed potatoes and sliced white bread on the table at every meal lol.
Well now that I have been eating clean and healthy , I feel like a whole new world has opened my eyes and nose. The colours , the flavours !! Now don’t get me wrong, there are still a few things I will never eat. But the majority of my taste buds are exploding with all the new flavours and textures. This recipe for example is one that I originally would have turned my nose up too, but now my nose loves all the new smells. It’s also really fun to cook in the kitchen too.
This recipe is super simple and a really easy meal for a weeknight or weekend. I had already had some Quinoa pre-cooked in the fridge but you could easily have that cooking while your Stir frying the Peppers and onions. So here is how I prepared the Shrimp & Quinoa Stir Fry.
I cut up 3 halves of peppers ( yellow, green, red) chopped into small pieces.
- 1 onion finely chopped,
- 2 tbsp Olive oil to fry the peppers and onion till soft.
- 10-12 uncooked shrimp ( peeled)
- Handful or 1 cup of baby spinach
- 2 cups of cooked Quinoa
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp salt and pepper
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper ( you can add less or more depending on your spice level)
- 1 tsp of Cumin
Heat frying pan with 1 tbsp oil then add peppers and onions and fry until soft and onions are getting a golden colour. You can then add the spinach , toss this around for a few minutes then add all the spices and if you have any you like to add please do so. Remember your the one eating it. So I would add spices to what works best for myself and family. Once the peppers and onion are ready add the shrimp until they’re pink and cooked. Once that’s done remove from pan and add remaining oil and then add the quinoa stir that around to get the spices from the pan then add the other ingredients. Stir that around to get all the flavours blended. There you have it !! Enjoy your Stir Fry and let me know what you think of it. I’ll be doing a video of this recipe on Tuesday Aug 8. So feel free to join my on Facebook for the Live demo !!