No matter how hot and humid the season ,spicy foods always entice me. A summer drink like the water melon spritzer works best for me to cool off the heat after a spicy meal like such.
The spicy Caijun Seasoning , commonly used in coastal Lousiania cooking, is pretty simple to put together,goes great on any kind of saute or grilling of seafood. One can serve the spicy shrimp with any kind of whole grain ,Brown rice ,Wild rice ,Freekah , Farro or quinoa ,as in this recipe. Load with lots of vegetable to get the best of the meal.
Recipe : Caijun Seasoning
2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon ground smoked paprika
2 tablespoon chili powder, or 2 dried red chilies
2 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon black pepper(peppercorns)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried basil
Finely grind all the ingredients in a coffee grinder and store in an air tight container.
Recipe :Caijun shrimp
15-20 Jumbo shrimp ,shelled and deveined
2 teaspoon Caijun Seasoning(as in recipe above)
1 tablespoon Canola oil
Marinate shirmp in the seasoning and oil for 15-20 minutes.
On Stove top
Heat a deep pan, add shrimp and saute 3-4 minutes until shirmp is pink and seasoning is darkened. Serve hot with Vegetable Quinoa.
Heat grill on high and grill the marinated shrimp ,about 2minutes on each side.Serve.
Recipe : Vegetable Quinoa
1 1/2 cups Quinoa
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup Green or Red or Yellow peppers,chopped
1/2 cup chopped Broccoli(use any other like carrots,peas or green beans)
1/2 cup chopped Kale
1 big clove garlic,finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive or canola oil,divided
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
pinch of turmeric
1/4 cup chopped cilantro and parsley
2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime\lemon juice
Wash quinoa and drain all water.
Heat a big skillet over medium flame. Add oil and onion,Saute until translucent about 2-3 minutes;add garlic and spices then add quinoa ,saute for 2-3 minutes then stir in vegetables and season with salt. Add 2 cups of water ,cover and cook until quinoa is tender. Serve warm with caijun shrimp.