½ cup chopped green pepper
½ cup chopped red pepper
¼ cup sliced green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3½ cups V-8 (low sodium, preferred)
8 ounces clam juice
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon basil
¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 bay leaf
1 cup quinoa
1 package (16 ounces) frozen cooked shrimp (small to medium size)
Hot pepper sauce, if desired
In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven, saute green and red peppers, onion and garlic in olive oil over medium to medium-high heat until tender, 5-7 minutes. Stir in V-8, clam juice, salt, thyme, basil, pepper flakes and bay leaf and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, stir in quinoa and cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Add shrimp. Simmer 5-10 minutes or until shrimp is thoroughly heated.
At serving, add hot pepper sauce if desired.
Serves four to six.
About this recipe: This recipe started out as someone's shrimp soup recipe, but it didn't work for me. There wasn't enough substance to it and it was "blah" as a soup. I experimented with the spices and peppers, added more V-8 and took out the water, and added quinoa for a little more texture and protein to round out the recipe. The end result is a healthy, simple stew that can be eaten year round.
TerrieAnn Jones, Palatine