Southern Comfort Food


Shrimp & Cheesy Quinoa


On a recent business trip to New Orleans, I discovered a new food that I truly love! A stick to your ribs, type of Southern comfort food.. GRITS! However, with this new discovery, I found myself longing for this delectable treat while back in my own kitchen.  How can I make something so delicious without feeling guilty as guilty for indulging on such a carb-loaded dish?  Quinoa to the rescue! Just as I mentioned previously, quinoa is such a versatile grain that is packed with protein, and has a similar texture to grits that it could just work.  I put my brainstorming hat on, and went to work; Shrimp & Cheesy Grits Quinoa


Shrimp & Cheesy Quinoa


  • 6 Large Shrimp, deveined 
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced or finely sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup Milk (any type- I used soy)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil (enough to coat a pan)
  • S&P to taste


  • Combine quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil; reduce to medium/low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, coat a pan with olive oil; add garlic
  • Add shrimp, red pepper flakes, lemon thyme, and a dash of salt and pepper
  • When the shrimp is just about cooked, add lime juice to deglaze pan
  • When quinoa has absorbed the liquid, add milk, butter, and a dash of salt and pepper at medium for 3 minutes
  • Mix in cheddar cheese to quinoa
  • Plate cheesy quinoa and top with shrimp

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