Toasted Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and Edamame

Toasted Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and EdamameAs a follow-up to the Southwestern-style Quinoa and Black Beans, here’s a nutrient-dense, protein-packed salad to try. It’s fresh in taste, texture and color with a hint of Asian flavor.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, frozen or fresh (41-50 shrimp/pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
  • 5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen edamame, shelled
  • 1 c. scallions, sliced thinly and diagonally (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 1/2 tsp. tamari (or soy sauce), reduced-sodium and gluten-free
  • 1 tsp. Aji-Mirin (sweet cooking rice seasoning) – can be found in the Asian foods of the supermarket with the rice wine vinegars
  • 4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste (optional)

PREPARATION:
1. Place in a mesh strainer and rinse well with water:

  • 1 1/2 c. quinoa, uncooked

2. Toss in medium bowl. Set aside and let marinate.

Cajun Coconut Curried Shrimp

Here’s an easy meal that’s bursting with taste and texture.  This dish blends the signature flavors of Louisiana, Thailand, and India into a single pot filled with colorful veggies and shrimp.  The light coconut milk adds rich and creamy goodness to this flavorful curry while the Cajun seasoning adds a nice subtle ‘zing’.

Shrimp is high in protein and very low in fat
Shrimp is high in protein and very low in fat

Shrimp is a good source of protein and iron.  It’s very low in saturated fat although high in cholesterol content (200 mg.* in 3.5 oz, or about 12 large shrimp).  However, scientific research dismisses the link between high cholesterol and shellfish and may, in fact, raise levels of HDL (good cholesterol).  Shrimp also contains good-for-the-skin selenium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids which can counteract the effects of premature aging.

*The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a maximum intake of 300 mg. of cholesterol per day.

NOTE: Vegetarians can substitute shrimp with tofu for a flavorful, satisfying main dish. Continue reading “Cajun Coconut Curried Shrimp”