Has anyone here heard of Blue Apron? They basically send you 3 meals a week with all the ingredients you need for all these meals. Sounds amazing right? Well yes, it is, if you are into what they are sending and can afford it every week. It is around $59 a week for 3 meals for 2 people. My friend had some free meal coupons so I got a package for free and really that is the best way to try something out. I am cancelling my account because I am too picky for this. It might be for you though, so check it out! www.blueapron.com
One of the meals I got was Shrimp Quinoa “Fried Rice”, I love shrimp so I was so excited for this. I had never tried Quinoa before so this was going to be an experience. Hopefully they don’t mind me sharing the recipe, here it is:
2 Cloves Garlic
1 1-inch Piece Ginger
1 Bunch Cilantro
1/2 Bunch Asparagus
1/4 Pound English Peas
1 Cup White Quinoa
10 Ounces Peeled, Deveined Shrimp
2 Tbs Mirin
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Sesame Oil
2 Tbs Hoisin Sauce
1 Tbs Sambal Oelek
1. Cook the quinoa: Once the pot of water is boiling, add the quinoa and cook 15 to 17 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, drain thoroughly and set aside.
2. Cook the shrimp: While the quinoa is cooking, pat the shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper. In a large pan, heat 2 Tbs of oil on medium until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp and cook, stirring frequently 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate and wipe out the pan.
3. Cook the vegetables:In the same pan used to cook the shrimp, heat 2 tsps of oil on medium until hot. Add the carrot and peas and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until vegetable soften. Stir in the garlic, ginger, white parts of the scallions, and asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and cook, 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant and the asparagus is slightly softened.
4. Add the shrimp, quinoa, and sauces to the pan of vegetables, add the cooked quinoa, cooked shrimp, and half of the green parts of the scallions and stir to combine. Continue stirring and add the mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil, half of the hoisin, and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occassionally until moisture has evaporated and everything is crisped.
Now, you all know I like quick and easy. This isn’t too bad on that scale. When I made mine, I only used the shrimp, peas, quinoa, soy sauce, and carrots. I know, I should have tried to follow the recipe, but I got impatient.
I may have used too much soy sauce and I have now found out I do not like quinoa. If you do though, this recipe does sound and looks good. Try following it and let me know how you guys like it. I would love to hear your thoughts.