Quinoa Broccoli Shrimp Stir Fry With Plantain

"This is a recipe that I invented while exploring new ways to use quinoa as a rice substitute. I feel plantain is a natural and safe way to sweeten a dish without using processed foods or going crazy on calories. Broccoli complements shrimp and quinoa well IMO and gives such a vibrant green when not over-cooked. Plantain can be found in most supermarkets and looks like a big banana. This recipe calls for ripe plantain - not green but yellow skinned, yet a little firm to the touch."
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  • Cut the plantain horizontally into 2 halves. Cook the 2 halves in boiling water for 10-15 minutes (until color changes to deeper orange). Alternatively, cook in microwave with no water, for about 7 minutes.
  • Cut plantain into cubes. Easiest way is to cut the 2 halves long-ways by making a cross cut (just like the plus sign) on each half and then cutting 1 inch slices all the way through.
  • In a skillet, apply medium heat and spray in just enough cooking spray to cover the bottom of the pan. Add all of the plantain cubes and stir around for 5 minutes or until a bit browned. Remove the plantain (can transfer onto a paper-towel to pat down and get rid of any excess oil).
  • Place quinoa in a bowl, rinse if needed. Drain well.
  • In the skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook by stirring for a minute. Add quinoa and cook, stirring for 10 minutes or until golden. Stir in 2 cups of water and add the salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  • (Skip this step if using pre-cooked shrimp but make sure to thaw out the shrimp if frozen) Boil shrimp for approximately 3 minutes in microwave, or in boiling water on stove. Do not cook all the way through.
  • Stir in the broccoli florets, onion and shrimp into the skillet with the quinoa. Season to taste and add the other teaspoon of olive oil. Cook over medium heat for 2-5 minutes
  • Stir in half of the cooked plantain cubes for 2 minutes along with basil leaves.
  • Serve the other half of the plantain cubes as a side to the main dish. Enjoy!

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