Sunday, January 4, 2015

Smoky Shrimp & Grits

As expected, holidays around here were hectic. I’m sure you can empathize!  But I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and filled your bellies with delicious, warm, comfy foods, and perhaps got a few nice gifts!  I hope your children & extended family didn’t completely destroy your home, and that you had a few moments to rest & put your feet up.
Today’s recipe is perfect for a cold, snowy day when you need something creamy, cheesy & satisfying.  Plus, if you use instant grits, it takes less than 30 minutes to make.  Perfect for after work when you need to throw something together on the fly that still feels gourmet—plus it’s under 300 calories per serving!
  • 1 cup instant grits
  • 1 cup smoked gouda, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon, 1/2” diced
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • smoked salt (to taste)
First, cook your grits according to the package.  If you’re morally opposed to instant grits, you can make regular, I was just saving some time.  Once the grits are fully cooked, stir in the cheese.
Next, in a large skillet, cook the bacon until crispy (6-8 minutes).  Pull the pieces out & let drain on a paper towel.  Then add the shrimp, tomatoes, corn, Cajun seasoning & smoked salt to the skillet & cook until the shrimp are done (3-5 minutes).  Stir in the green onions at the last minute, then serve over grits.
IMG_6249 NutriFacts:
 Calories 281.8
  Total Fat 5.1 g
  Saturated Fat 2.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Cholesterol 228.5 mg
  Sodium 769.3 mg
  Potassium 366.1 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 27.4 g
  Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
  Sugars 1.8 g
  Protein 29.7 g

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