Texas Recipes: Quinoa and Shrimp Stir Fry

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
There have been a lot of changes lately.

Not major earth-shattering changes, but things like, I'm all of a sudden addicted to hot yoga, I've made a friend from Mexico online who I Skype with weekly in an effort to learn Spanish, I'm contemplating vegetarianism (breaking up with bacon may be the hardest thing I'll ever have to do in my life and that is in no way sad), you know...changes!

And my parents have been on this health kick lately, which means (since I love a good team challenge and am slightly terrified about swimsuit season which began about four yesterdays ago) I've been on a health kick lately. And since I'm contemplating vegetarianism I've decided to ease into it by starting on the pescatarian* route (am I exhausting you yet?), so I made this R I D I C U L O U S and healthy (425 calories!) Quinoa and Shrimp Stir Fry that I wanted to share with you all!

*Spell check wanted to change "pescatarian" to "cesarian". Nope.

I got this recipe from SELF, which sort of burned a hole in my skull since I was so enraged over how they shamed a female runner (who also, oh happened to be a cancer survivor) in their April 2014 issue that I sent multiple strongly worded emails to them asking them to cancel my subscription, effective immediately.

(Seriously, I'm exhausting myself right now.)

Anyway, I made peace with cooking this because people make mistakes, and what they did is unfortunate and awful, but I'm choosing to also recognize some of the good stuff SELF does - Like post amazing healthy recipes. And hopefully they have learned their lesson and will move forward by lifting our fellow women up, and not tearing them down!

Okay, feminist rant over. Now THE FOOD.

I altered the recipe a little by adding more delicious things to it, and I'm telling you, it's seriously awesome. And so so easy. And pretty! So many colors I could die.

Okay first things first - cook your quinoa according to the instructions on the package.

In a large pan, heat the canola oil and cook some shrimparoos nice and good!

Side note: If you'd like to save yourself 45 minutes and 17 swear words, buy the shrimp pre-pealed and deveined.

We learn and we grow folks.

Set your shrimp aside, and cook the chopped carrots, red bell pepper, red onion, sugar snap peas, and minced garlic until vegetables are soft.

Isn't that gorgeous?!

Add quinoa and shrimp to the pan, along with low sodium soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, ground ginger, and sriracha to taste. You also may want to throw a teeny tiny little bit of butter in there. I used the super UN-healthy I Can't Believe it's not Butter Spray (baby steps people) to add a little oomph to it.

Make it pretty and put it into some bowls, then top with chopped peanuts and sliced scallions.

Change is delicious y'all.


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