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Shrimp and Quinoa Recipe

Shrimp and Quinoa

02.20.14 by Jackie

This gluten free dish has been my kind of light meal recently. My doctor is trying to find out if I suffer from any food allergies, which I find kind of ironic, given my love of cooking. Today for lunch I prepared this meal quickly by mixing quinoa, Asian greens (you could use kale or spinach), straw mushrooms and shrimp. I flavored the shrimp with a plum sauce and a bit of soy sauce. You wouldn't believe how delicious this was!

I like having a one-dish meal, which is convenient to eat. Baby Aria usually likes munching on the food I eat, so I was so pleased to see she likes shrimp now. Also, I've been trying to stay away from carbs so quinoa is the perfect fit for my new diet.


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Paneer, Brussel Sprout and Butternut Squash Quinoa Recipe Recipe

I purposely roasted a large quantity of butternut squash yesterday so I could use the leftovers for this quinoa dish. What I find very attractive about this gluten-free dish is the abundance of colors, thanks to the warm butternut squash and the bright Brussels sprouts. For a touch of richness in this otherwise healthy dish, I added fried cubes of paneer cheese. 

You could enjoy this quinoa dish on its own if you're a vegetarian, or you could serve it, like I did, as a side dish with a poulet rôti (my favorite roasted chicken). 


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Kale Salad with Pomegranate Dressing Recipe

Here’s another Meatless Monday recipe for the beginning of the week. I wanted to feature a flavorful yet healthy one, so I prepared a baby kale salad with pomegranate dressing. I also added shredded carrots and spiced pecans for extra crunch and nutrition. And to reinforce the tart and sour taste of this salad, I also added dried cranberries. 

I think you've probably noticed my recent love for all things pomegranate. I prepared the dressing with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, a little mustard, agave nectar and flax seed oil to complete the delicious vinaigrette. Et voilà!


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Muhammara Recipe (Walnut and Pomegranate Dip) Recipe

I had never heard of or tasted muhammara before until I met the folks at California Lavash. Every time I met with their team, I would hear how exquisite it tasted. In all seriousness, when you hear about a combination of walnuts, charred red bell peppers, fresh pomegranate seeds, lemon juice, garlic, mint, salt and pepper, it’s difficult to imagine how it couldn’t taste amazing!

To thicken the texture of the dip, I added bread and extra virgin olive oil, and balanced the flavors with dates, a hint of ground cumin and red chili powder. You could use it as a dip served with toasted pita bread or cucumber and celery sticks but in my case, I used it as a spread for a roasted lamb sandwich. It was delicious!


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Festive Shrimp Salad Recipe Recipe

Festive Shrimp Salad Recipe

12.19.13 by Jackie

Our lovely neighbor Tom is so sweet; he always brings us lemons from his brother's garden. I've made countless lemon desserts with them in the past, so this time I thought I could use them in a savory dish. 

I prepared a lemon dressing that I used both as marinade for jumbo shrimp and as vinaigrette for celery, spinach, cucumber, carrot and French green bean salad

If you want to turn a plain Jane seafood salad into a gorgeous salad course, I recommend using a mini dessert bowl and "hanging" the shrimp off the rim of the glass and placing the salad at the bottom of each bowl.


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