Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thyme to try something new: Creamy Shrimp & Asparagus Quinoa Risotto

In my quest to eat healthier, I’ve prepared quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) many times, but not as a risotto. The high-protein grain from South America doesn’t have much flavor, so the chicken broth, cheese and herbs were a welcome addition, in this recipe from Poor Girl Eats Well (ingredients list at end of this post)

I prefer asparagus cooked to the point of nearly soggy, so I roasted the spears in olive oil before slicing and adding them to the risotto.

Note to self #1: don’t wander away and forget about the risotto, stay in the kitchen while the liquid is soaking up in half-cup increments. 
Note #2: if using bullion for the broth, no need to add extra salt. 
Note #3: roasting extra asparagus is a good idea so people passing through the kitchen can help themselves to several spears before the meal is assembled!

The best praise is a request for seconds from other people at dinner, which makes this recipe a winner. I believe it turned out to be one of the tastiest meals I have ever prepared. I don't cook with thyme routinely, but certainly will again. Although this recipe did include other spices and flavors, I will keep the focus of each post on just one, for the purposes of working my way through the spice rack with a new recipe each week. What is your favorite food prepared with thyme?
1 c uncooked quinoa
5 c chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 c white wine
2 ½ T olive oil (or butter, if you prefer)
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
30-35 large frozen cooked shrimp, thawed
6 medium asparagus, cut into 3/4” long pieces
1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 t dried tarragon
1/4 t dried thyme
Salt & pepper to taste


  1. This looks delicious! I love asparagus and thyme and the combination makes me think of spring which we can all use a dose of around this time of year! I keep reading about Quinoa, think it's one of the trendiest food products around right now. Congratulations on the launch of your blog, I'm excited to see what other spices are up your sleeve, so to speak! Best, Leah

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    1. I appreciate the encouragement, Leah! I've got rosemary up my sleeve for starters :). I also made quinoa patties (like small veggie burgers), which were tasty!

  3. I never know what to do with quinoa and now I do! Plus I have all the ingredients in the house already. Thanks for helping me with my meal planning (one of my weekly dreaded tasks).

  4. I check out other people's blogs as I do meal planning each week, and the PGEW site has many appealing recipes. Now I'm using my spice cooking goal to help with figuring out what to cook, shopping for the ingredients, and having interesting meals more often :).