Non-laborious shrimp and grits for Labor Day

This recipe is proof that healthy food doesn’t always require lots of time, effort, ridiculous ingredients, and money.

Some of you may remember that, while on my honeymoon earlier this year in Charleston, S.C., I bought a cookbook dedicated solely to one of my favorite dishes, shrimp and grits. Oddly, I haven’t cracked open the book, let alone unpacked it since our move just a week after the honeymoon. Speaking of which, where is that book?

Shrimp and Grits

…appropriately titled “Shrimp and Grits,” of course.

This recipe involves no butter and a relatively small amount of cheese. If you’re still with me after reading the previous sentence, let me explain. Interestingly – thanks to www.cleaneatingmag.com – I noticed that a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and ground cayenne pepper definitely makes up for the lack of butter. Take that, Paula Deen.

With that being said, I present to you my first recipe on this blog. I hoped to do this sooner, but I did keep my promise that my first recipe would be for shrimp and grits!


The Recipe

  • Serves: 2
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Grits:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 2 Mini Babybel Light
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Shrimp:

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 12 ounces medium cooked peeled shrimp, seasoned with Old Bay to taste

Garnish (optional):

  • 8 ounces grape tomatoes, halved and sautéed
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sauteed
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced and sautéed

Instructions

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil on high heat. Stir in grits, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until grits absorb the water. Remove from heat. Stir in Mini Babybel Light, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and ground cayenne pepper. Cover and set aside. Heat a medium nonstick skillet on medium-high and coat with cooking spray. Add shrimp. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until warm. Set aside. Divide grits among two dinner plates. Top with shrimp. Garnish with tomatoes, mushrooms, or bell pepper.

shrimp and grits 2

I made this batch with reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, and it’s garnished with diced red bell pepper and scallions. The Mini Babybel Light makes the dish creamier.

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