Garlic Shrimp + Quinoa

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It’s November and I think it’s safe to say that the crazy (and wonderful) holiday season has arrived. We’ve got Thanksgiving right around the corner, and even though I’m a firm believer in no Christmas decor or music until the day after Turkey Day, I wasn’t mad when I saw them putting up the Christmas section in Target the other day.

During this time of year, we all probably find our schedules a little more full (but hey, a schedule full of parties also means a happy, full belly). I was just looking at the calendar, and the weekends (and even weekdays) are already filling up for Zack and I. With busier schedules comes the need for simple meals . . . as well as healthy ones to cancel out all the party food and drinks you’ll be enjoying. And if you hadn’t guessed it yet, I’ll be sharing the perfect recipe for you today: Garlic Shrimp + Quinoa (recipe below).

This recipe is simple and quick . . . and even the leftovers were perfect for lunch the next day. We decided to pair the dish with asparagus (a drizzle of olive oil, salt + pepper, and about 12 minutes in the oven), but switch in your favorite veggie(s) with whatever you’ve got on hand.

XO – Courtney

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Garlic Shrimp + Quinoa

INGREDIENTS

• 1 T olive oil
• 5 t minced garlic (divided)
• 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
• 1/2 t chili powder (divided)
• 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
• 6 T salted butter
• 1 lb raw shrimp
• salt + pepper to taste
• 1 lemon
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DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oil and 2 t garlic in medium pot until garlic is fragrant (about 2 minutes). Add uncooked quinoa, 1/4 t chili powder, salt + pepper and sauté for another minute before adding the broth. Once broth is added, bring to a boil, cover and cook until quinoa is done (15-20 minutes).
2. While the quinoa is cooking, start the shrimp. Melt 1 T butter in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add shrimp and remaining 1/4 t of chili powder and salt + pepper. When shrimp is almost ready, add 1 t garlic and sauté with the shrimp for the remainder of the cooking time.
3. Melt the rest of the butter and garlic to make a sauce. Serve shrimp and quinoa in a dish together (along with veggie of choice). Top with fresh lemon juice and garlic butter drizzle.

 

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