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Spinach, Quinoa and Shrimp Salad

Happy happy Friday to y’all! I’m quite thrilled it’s the weekend because I have a lot to look forward to. Nothing big, but just the little things that add up! Before the weekend comes, I want to share with y’all this spinach, quinoa and shrimp salad that I put together for dinner last night.

Let’s rewind to last night and how my lazy evening turned into a fun new recipe! As I left work, I thought about it and decided I didn’t feel like really doing much of anything. I traded running for a glass of wine and working on tutus for Disney! Don’t get me wrong, I L.O.V.E. to run and work out and get my sweat on, but every once in a while, we deserve a veg kind of night right? Well I ended up catching up on my DVR while nearly finishing the tutus. Take a look! All I need to do is sew them together…how to coming soon. I promise it’s so easy!

After one glass of wine, one show and several pita chips, I decided to get creative and try something new for dinner. I’ve been craving quinoa {weird, I know} lately and decided that would be an ingredient. I didn’t feel like defrosting any meat, so I decided that small shrimp would be my protein. It’s thaws and cooks quickly and lately I’ve acquired a taste for it. I only like the small ones though!

After deciding on these two ingredients, this is what I came up with:

Spinach, Quinoa and Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 cup of quinoa cooked {1/4 cup uncooked}
  • 3 oz small cooked shrimp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat feta
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat balsamic vinaigrette
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder {optional}

Directions:

Quinoa:

NOTE: I made 1 cup of uncooked quinoa for leftovers.

  1. Place one cup of quinoa in small pot and add 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/4 tsp of salt {optional}
  2. Bring to a boil. Place lid on pot and reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes with lid on.
  4. Remove from heat and allow quinoa to continue cooking with lid on for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.

Shrimp:

  1. Heat olive oil in small pan
  2. Add garlic and cook for about a minute
  3. Add shrimp and saute in olive oil and garlic mixture.
  4. Sprinkle salt and garlic powder to taste
  5. Continue to saute until both sides on shrimp are browned, about 5-8 minutes

Salad:

  1. Put spinach leaves on a plate and add dressing and feta.
  2. Scoop 1/2 cup to a cup of cooked quinoa and add to salad.
  3. Top off with your cooked shrimp

TADAAA!!! Super easy and super yummy spinach, quinoa and shrimp salad! Enjoy 🙂 Let me know if you try it. I’d also love to hear of some other variations if you have any!

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Until next time…
With love and God bless,

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