Black Quinoa With Shrimp and a Lot of Healthy Stuff

Today’s post is brought to you by….HEALTH.

Um, I can totally sense a bucket of eye rolls from the male species. Wait, do I even have any male readers? Two? Three? Oh! Let’s see a show of hands!

(This is the INTERWEB, lady. You can’t see jack.)

Fine, have it your way.

Anyway, after a vacation, there’s always that mental tug to reel things in a bit. Sprint that last few yards on your run. Pass up dessert. Drink chamomile tea at night instead of a sexy glass of red wine. Brush your hair.

Oh, you do that daily?


I had a jar of black quinoa sitting on a shelf in my kitchen giving me bedroom eyes yesterday. So were the lentils, but the quinoa won. (sorry lentils. next time, baby.)

(She really talks to her food like that?)


So I boiled up some quinoa, (health!) tossed it with sliced red bell pepper (major health!) and gorgeous garden kale (serious health!) and garnished it with seared shrimp, (whoa, health!) lemon (h.e.a.l.t.h!) and fresh basil (mega mama health!). And dinner was served.

That just wore you out, didn’t it?

*Don’t worry, men. I’ve got something totes naughty to share with you tomorrow.*

Black Quinoa with Shrimp and a Lot of Healthy Stuff: 

What it took for 2:

* 1 cup black quinoa
* 20 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch slices
* 1/2 bunch kale, cut into 2-inch ribbons
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* juice from half a lemon
* fresh basil for garnish
* pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook the quinoa in boiling water until tender and becomes little spirals, about 20 minutes. Drain remaining water if needed.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the shrimp and sear 2 minutes on one side. Flip and sear 30 more seconds. Remove from pan and set aside.

Back in the skillet, add the garlic; bloom 30 seconds. Toss in the red bell pepper and kale, saute 2 minutes.

Add the quinoa and shrimp to the veggies and toss to combine. Taste. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with a good spritz of lemon and fresh basil for garnish.

Are you freaking out yet? I KNOW.

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26 Responses to Black Quinoa With Shrimp and a Lot of Healthy Stuff

  1. carly {carlyklock} October 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm #
  2. Lisa @ Life in Green October 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm # LOVE. p.s. your photos are amazeballs.
  3. Sylvia@bascooking October 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm #
    I never had black quinoa before,Just the regular one. Love your flavor combination,Looks delicious and tempting
  4. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm #
    This looks fabulous!!!! Can't wait to try it. Love the photo of the quinoa.
  5. DessertForTwo October 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm #
    Oh my word! The photos! The flavors! They just pop! Love that final shot with the turquoise plate! Such talent, lady! Such talent! :)
  6. Jessica October 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm #
    I want this in and around my mouth. Also, please come over and take all of my pictures for me from now on. :-D
  7. Michelle October 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm #
    Whoa! Looks like lunch to me...yum :)
  8. Stephanie October 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm #
    Yum, Bev! I just added this to my Ziplist recipe box. HEALTH!
    • Bev Weidner October 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm #
      Steeeeph! So happy to see you on here! You've made my day. :)
  9. Carre at Kiss My Whisk October 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm #
    Yum! I'm totally making this and serving it to my'll be up to him if he cooks himself a steak on the side.
    • Bev Weidner October 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm #
      Haha! Nice!
  10. Cassie [Bake Your Day] October 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm #
    Love. Love. Love. You are a rockstar.
  11. Deliciously Organic October 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm #
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never had black lentils. Crazy. Right? The salad looks great and the photos are off the hook!
    • Bev Weidner October 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm #
      Oh Carrie, try it! Once you go black, you'll ne --- yeah, stopping right there. :)
  12. Cookin' Canuck October 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm #
    Does that ever look good! I love the texture and flavor of black quinoa and am always looking for news recipes. This is a keeper.
  13. Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams October 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm #
    I'm going to have to look for black quinoa. This looks amazing!
  14. Hallie October 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm #
    Black quinoa?? Didn't know it existed. Anything different about it than normal quinoa or just the color?
    • Bev Weidner October 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm #
      You know, Hallie - I'm not 100% sure what the difference is! I just googled it and it didn't give me much. There's also red quinoa, but it's significantly more expensive, so I've never bought any!
  15. Stephanie @cookinfanatic October 5, 2011 at 12:19 am #
    I've yet to try black quinoa but very curious about it... this dish is absolutely gorgeous!!
  16. Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet October 5, 2011 at 3:11 am #
    I have some black quinoa that has been giving me the eye! This looks like a great recipe and black quinoa never looked better.
  17. Lisa {With Style and Grace} October 5, 2011 at 5:41 am #
    I'm so excited to make this, just wish you were here to enjoy it with me - that and a BIG glass of wine. Can you miss someone you've never met? I'm gonna go with yes. Miss you friend!
    • Bev Weidner October 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm #
      I'm going with YES, too. I miss you!
  18. marla October 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm #
    Girl, you had me at health. So fun seeing you at Foodgawker today. This is my kinda cooking :)
  19. Charissa October 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm #
    I've been wanting to make black quiona for a long time...this looks really good!
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