Garlic Shrimp and Quinoa & Baked Zucchini

I find healthy dishes to often be...difficult and expensive and timely and bland. So when I find one that is 1) easy 2) delicious and 3) whipped up in 30 minutes, I squeal with delight! I made this beautiful plate for my family one night, and it was devoured. Even if you aren't a quinoa wizard or a zucchini freak, you should give this a try. 

Ingredients, shrimp

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1lb of raw shrimp 

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

salt & pepper 

Ingredients, quinoa

1/2 tablespoon olive oil 

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 cup of uncooked quinoa 

2 cups of vegetable stock 

salt & pepper 

Ingredients, zucchini

4 zucchini 

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon oregano 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon basil 

salt & pepper 


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, F. You'll want this ready for your zucchini. 

2. Quarter your zucchini, place them on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and spices. Set aside for later. 

3. Rinse quinoa with cold water in a mesh strainer.

4. Heat olive oil (1/2 tablespoon) in a large pot. 

5. Add in the garlic and cook until garlic is caramelized. 

6. Add quinoa, chili powder, and salt and pepper; sautée for one minute.

7. Add stock and bring to a boil; once boiling, put a lid on the pot and bring the heat down to the lowest setting; let simmer. 

8. Place the zucchini in the oven, (should take 15 minutes, may take more) 

9. In a separate pan, heat olive oil for the shrimp; bring to heat. 

10. Once the oil is sizzling, add shrimp (peeled), chili powder, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking (flipping the shrimp) until the shrimp is fully cooked. 

11. Once the shrimp is fully cooked, add to the quinoa pot. 

12. Add a squeeze of fresh lime, take off heat. Top with fresh parsley if desired. 



I wrote out these steps to help you time things correctly. In an ideal world, the zucchini will be done just as you're taking the quinoa and shrimp off the stovetop. You'll want to serve this dish right away - no one wants cold shrimp! 

If you're still skeptical, just take a leap. Quinoa is one of those foods that many people run from, but I think that's just because it's not a topic of education. Quinoa, commonly associated with the grain family, is actually a seed. AND it is packed with protein. It's a win-win, and when you season it correctly, it's super tasty! 

Anyway, enough've got cooking to do! 

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