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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Superfood Saturday- Greek Style Shrimp with Quinoa



8 ounces cooked shrimp, cleaned and de-veined
4 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of one lemon
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 half medium yellow onion chopped
1 teaspoon pepper
½ pint grape tomatoes halved
1 cup Kalama olives
½ red pepper chopped
1 cup flat leaf parsley coarsely chopped
4 ounces feta cheese cut into ½ inch chunks
2 cups quinoa cooked *

Place shrimp, half the olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and garlic in a bowl.  Let sit for 15 minutes.

Take remaining olive oil and heat a frying pan. I used a cast iron pan. Add onions and cook till tender. Add the red pepper and cook for just a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and olives. Cook just till everything is heated through.

Place cooked quinoa in a bowl. Add the feta cheese and parsley. Toss until well blended.

Serve shrimp vegetable mixture on top of the quinoa. 

I ate the leftovers cold because I did not want the feta cheese to melt. You could just reheat the shrimp mixture and put on top of the quinoa.  It is delicious either way.

I adapted this recipe from Fitness magazine. I made some changes, most cooks do. Make your own changes and make this recipe your own.

Quinoa

* Quinoa is one of the few sources of complete plant protein. In includes all nine amino acids.  Here are some of the other benefits:
·       Fiber- twice as much as other grains, which helps to fight high blood pressure and diabetes.
Quinoa in high in iron, magnesium, B2 and Manganese.
·       Iron- keeps red blood cells healthy, regulates body temperature, enzyme activity and energy metabolism.  Many women are low in iron. 
·       Magnesium helps in transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation and energy production.
·       B2- improves energy metabolism need in brain and muscle cells.
·       Manganese- an anti-oxidant that helps to prevent damage to mitochondria during energy production
Quinoa is also high in Lysine which is needed for growth and tissue repair



*I used my rice cooker to prepare the quinoa. No standing over the stove waiting for the moisture to be absorbed.

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The Author at the 2012 Boston Marathon



Chris Wodke

Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon where she placed 2nd in the Mobiity Imparied Division.
 She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. She will compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.
Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 143 members in 28 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/
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