Sep 12 2011

Grilled Shrimp with Lime Cilantro Quinoa and Salsa Verde

Published by at 11:36 pm under Latin,Mexican,Seafoods

Grilled Shrimp over Cilantro-Lime Quinoa topped with Salsa Verde

Comfort Food with a Punch of Protein

It’s one of those days, you come home from a long day’s work and all you want to do is to indulge in a comforting bowl of something, something that will give you that notorious food coma that lands you straight onto the couch with a happy belly that won’t ask for anything more for the rest of the night. You want the satisfaction without the guilt, the filler without the carbs, the protein without the fat. With a recipe using quinoa, a grain rich in protein and a grill pan instead of a frying pan for your decadent shrimp, there will be reason to cheer, not jeer after you finish a bowlful.

Grilled Shrimp over Lime Cilantro Quiona topped with Salsa Verde


1 lb shrimp

6 tomatillos

1 head of garlic

1/2 cup cilantro

2 jalepenos

1 poblano

2 Roma Tomatoes

1/2 red onion

1 lime



2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

Salsa Verde Recipe

Roast a poblano, jalepeno, 4-6 tomatillos, 1/2 a head of garlic in oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Seed the jalepeno and poblano. Place all the above items along with a handful of cilantro, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a blender and blend until semi-smooth.

Shrimp Recipe

Preheat a grill pan on high heat for at least 10 minutes. In a bowl toss shrimp, olive oil, cumin, sweet paprika, ancho chili powder. Cook shrimp on grill pan for two minutes on each side. Remove and place a tent of foil over it.

Quinoa Recipe

Bring 1 cup of water to boil with 1/2 cup of quinoa and the zest of one lime. Turn down to simmer for 10 minutes, and then fluff with fork. Chop 2 Roma tomatoes, 1/2 red onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 jalepeno, juice of 1 lime, and a 1/4 cup cilantro. Add these to the quinoa and fold.

Lay a bed of quinoa on your plate, top it with a handful of grilled shrimp, sliced avocados, and drizzle the salsa verde over the top of all this deliciousness.

Bon Appetit



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