Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp is an ideal weekday meal. It is healthy, full of nutrients, and can be on the table in less than thirty minutes.
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So I have a little story about this delightful quinoa dish today...
The hubs decided a few months ago that he didn’t like quinoa anymore.
I probably brought this on myself because I served it as a salad for a few too many meals. He is a really good sport about eating all the healthy food I put in front of him, but I think I really pushed it too far. He just wanted a little bit more for dinner.
Looking back I probably can’t blame him. There might have even been a huge Sam’s size bag involved in this situation. And I might have made the same recipe five times in a row.
Sadly, I still have a lifetime supply of quinoa, so I set out on a mission to make a hearty man's meal with the grain that would make him love it again.
The result is this: My Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp.
I packed all the flavor I could in the little grain with rich pesto and topped the entire dish off with a pesto shrimp recipe for the ages.
I even put the shrimp on pretty green basil leaves. Don’t they say we eat with our eyes anyway?
You see, I love this hearty grain and I knew it needed another shot.
To make my pesto quinoa I started with a trifecta of beautiful ingredients.
For the pesto shrimp recipe I seasoned the shrimp and added them to a hot pan.
The shrimp are ready in less than ten minutes. I used the ones with the tails for a pretty presentation (remember I was making a CASE for quinoa,) but feel free to use the tails off version and stir the entire dish together.
To make my quinoa super flavorful I cooked it in vegetable broth, squeezed lemon on it AND drenched it in fabulous pesto.
For color and more nutrients I added some beautiful cherry tomatoes.
This dish is pretty, hearty and a crowd pleaser.
But did I turn the hubs in a quinoa lover again?
Yes! He loved it.
This is one dish that will remain on our dinner rotation for some time.
I personally liked it so much, I made you guys two pins 🙂
Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 pound 26-30 count shrimp
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon dried basil or 1 teaspoon fresh basil
- ½ teaspoon salt, divided
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 lemon
- ½ cup prepared basil, your own or from a jar
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- Add the broth and quinoa to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Once the broth reaches a boil, stir, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. The quinoa will cook in about 15 minutes.
- While the quinoa is cooking, squeeze the juice from half of the lemon over the shrimp. Season the shrimp with the ¼ teaspoon of the salt and the pepper.
- Add the olive oil to a large sauté pan and heat to medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turns pink and starts to curl.
- Season the shrimp with the basil and remove from the heat. Do not overcook the shrimp or they will get tough.
- When the quinoa is done cooking, squeeze the other half of the lemon on top. Stir in the pesto and taste. Depending on your pesto, add the last ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- Stir in the tomatoes.
- Serve with the shrimp mixed in or piled on top!
- Garnish with fresh basil.
Have a wunderful day dear readers.
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Which pin do you like better? The one with just one picture at the top or the one with two pictures just above this text? I could not decide!
How do you feel about quinoa?