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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stir Fried Pineapple & Shrimp Quinoa

Hello flavor, your namesake must surely be this dish. I love nothing more than tricking myself into believing I'm overindulging in something when the reality is that I'm packing in tons of good nutrition. Try to mess this dish up, I dare you. You can't because it's too easy. Lots of ingredients are involved, this is true, but I promise by the time you're done eating you'll want to come back to this again and again for an easy go-to dinner. Plus, you'll have enough cider left over for a dinner drink! 

Stir Fried Pineapple & Shrimp Quinoa: (serves 4)

1 c. Crispin Cider's Cho-Tokkyu
1 1/3 c. quinoa
1 2/3 c. veg/chix broth
Add Ins:
1 large shallot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small fresno chili, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
3 green onions, sliced thin
1 egg
2/3 c. roasted nuts (almonds, cashews, or pistachios-salted or not)
1 1/4 c. diced pineapple
1/2 c. peas
1/2 c. dried currants (raisins would work too, just a touch sweeter)
About 2 c. 41/50 ct. shrimp, cooked (or as much as you want!)
Fresh cilantro and more green onion to garnish
4 Tbsp. amino acids or soy sauce
1 Tbsp. chix/veg stock
3 Tbsp. cho-tokkyu cider
1 Tbsp. + 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground coriander

1) Cook your quinoa: bring cider, stock, and quinoa to a boil in a small pot. Stir for 30 seconds,
    lower the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the grain is tender. This
    is a great time to prep your veggies and make the sauce. For the sauce, simply whisk to combine
    the ingredients.
2) In a large wok, heat 1 Tbsp. oil at medium-high and cook for one minute: shallot, garlic, chili,
    pepper, and green onion. Add the egg, stirring to incorporate 1 minute more.
3) Add in the sauce mixture and stir to incorporate. Turn the heat up just a little and add the shrimp,
    pineapple, peas, and currants, cook for 2-3 minutes, keep the mix moving.
4) Add the quinoa and cook one minute more, toss in the nuts and stir to mix them in. Remove from
    heat onto a platter and garnish with a good amount of cilantro and green onion. Eat up!

Not your typical dinner dish perhaps, but a promised welcome addition to your table. So much flavor, so much goodness, what's not to love? Give it a try and tell me about it! Oh, and if you've never tried the Cho-tokkyu before, you're in for a treat, it goes great with this dish! 

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