Tasty Tuesday – Cajun Shrimp and Quinoa Casserole


The other week, my sister friend, blogger buddy, twitter pal, TiffanyinHouston posted a pic of a culinary delight that her Chef Husband prepared and it looked delicious! She was nice enough to share the link and I had almost all of the ingredients at home and gave it a whirl in my kitchen!

Voila:

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Ingredients
¾ lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 medium tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
½ C chopped sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp olive oil
2½ tsp cajun seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
2½ C cooked quinoa
1 C shredded fontina cheese
Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions
1. Toss the shrimp and 1 tsp Cajun seasoning together, set aside.
2. Toss the tomatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp Cajun seasoning, set aside.
3. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron skillet (or any oven-safe skillet.) Cook the shrimp until
opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
4. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil to the pan along with the onion, jalapeno and garlic. Cook until the onion
and jalapeno are tender, stirring often. Mix in the quinoa, tomato paste, ½ tsp Cajun seasoning and tomato
chunks. Top with the shrimp and then sprinkle with the fontina cheese.
5. Place in the oven and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. During the last 2 minutes, turn on the broiler to high and broil
until the cheese is slightly brown and bubbly.
6. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Notes
If you don’t like quinoa, you can sub the quinoa with brown rice.
Calorie content for 4 large (approximately 1.5 C) servings is around 410 calories per serving. For 6 (approximately 1C) small servings, the calorie count is about 270 calories per serving.

UPDATE: If you do not have a cast iron or oven-safe skillet, after mixing in the quinoa, tomato paste, Cajun seasoning and tomato chunks in step 4, transfer the ingredients to a casserole dish and then top with the shrimp and fontina cheese.

Mods: I used Quinoa and Brown Rice by Uncle Ben’s, you just steam it for 90 seconds. I also didn’t have fontina cheese on hand and used Monterrey Jack and Colby.

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Verdict: I will definitely be making this again this week! It was delicious!

Bon Appetit!

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Happy Birthday Sister

My sister celebrated the last year of her 30’s Saturday. We got together for a house party at her home and a good time was had! She made a signature cocktail and I was finally able to try the Pineapple Ciroc that you can’t find anydamnwhere, but she had it! lol

Check out the pics below:

 

I posted this of us - from babies to my 40th birthday!

I posted this of us – from babies to my 40th birthday!

At her party before the guests arrived!

At her party before the guests arrived!

Party favors = Diamond Water from Shahs of Sunset! Think extra lol

Party favors = Diamond Water from Shahs of Sunset! Think extra lol

And I left before she cut the cake!

And I left before she cut the cake!

Funtimes! Family is everything!

Be Kurlylicious!

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Wordless Wednesday – Superhero Day!

Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman!

Side Note: It’s Customer Service Week at work and I’m trying to participate in the daily activities.

Costume can be purchased here.

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Tasty Tuesday – Baked Scallops

Sometimes you just run out of ideas of what to cook and I LOVE Scallops and happened to have some in the freezer, so I gave this Baked Scallops recipe a whirl that I found on ‘ol trusty, AllRecipes.com. It was a nice change. I served it with a side of creamed Spinach and it was actually a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Baked Scallops

Baked Scallops

Recipe:

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Servings: 4
INGREDIENTS:
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 pounds bay scallops, rinsed and
drained
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Pour melted butter into a 2 quart oval casserole dish. Distribute butter and scallops evenly inside the dish.
3. Combine the bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, minced garlic and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle this mixture over the scallops.
4. Bake in pre-heated oven until scallops are firm, about 20 minutes.

Mods: I used Sea Scallops, Bay Scallops are too little for me :).

Bon Appetit!

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