Garlic Butter Shrimp Quinoa with Mushrooms
Are you looking for a great meal chock full of hearty yet lean protein, but tired of all that turkey? Yea, me too.
When you are on a weight loss diet, it can feel like your options are limited and food can get boring. To switch things up at mealtime, consider filling your plate with this Garlic Butter Shrimp Quinoa With Mushrooms recipe!
Because quinoa cooks up a lot faster than rice, this is a great option for a quick weekday dinner. And as an added bonus, those little shrimp will give your family essential vitamins for red blood cell health and minerals for enzyme activation. What’s not to like?
Garlic Butter Shrimp Quinoa with Mushrooms Recipe
To make this great and healthy meal, you will need:
- 2 c uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 c chopped onion
- 1 c sliced mushrooms
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- 4 c chicken or vegetable broth
- 4 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp seasoning salt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsely
- 1 lb shrimp with the tails cut off
Directions to make this meal:
1. To start, melt two tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and add the chopped onions, sautéing until translucent. You could also experiment with using healthier coconut oil to add some essential fatty acids to your meal.
2. Next, add the uncooked quinoa and sauté with the onions and butter or oil, stirring constantly, for about two minutes. For more texture and flavor, you may wish to purchase the red variety of the grain. However, the more traditional type is just as nutritious.
3. Then add the chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. You’ll want to cover this and let it cook for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid.
4. While the quinoa is cooking with the onions in the broth, melt the remaining butter or oil in a pan and add the shrimp, sliced mushrooms, garlic salt and seasoning salt (if you’re watching your sodium, be sure to go easy on the seasoning).
5. Sauté until the shrimp are fully cooked. You will be able to tell this by the color and shape – cooked shrimp will look pink or red as opposed to translucent, and will curl slightly into a “c” shape. This should only take 4-5 minutes. Be sure not to overcook, as it may make the shrimp too tough!
6. Finally, fluff the quinoa mixture with a fork and pour into a serving bowl. Add the shrimp and mushroom blend on top. Garnish with lemon juice and some fresh parsley to brighten it up, and enjoy!
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