One of the things my children delight in eating when they visit their grandma is grits. Growing up, we didn’t eat grits very often. Once in a while when we visited our grandparents in Florida, we would have them. They have never been at the top of my list of foods I crave.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes for Cheesy Grits with Shrimp. Hmm… I decided to see how I could “healthify” this comfort food so I could eat it with no guilt. It turns out, while grits are high in carbs, they are also high in iron, have some good vitamins, a little bit of protein and fiber and almost no fat! So adding some low fat cheese, shrimp and lots of veggies actually gives you a pretty decent meal.
Lower Fat Cheesy Grits
4 servings of grits prepared according to the package directions
1 cup shredded low fat cheese
6 sliced cooked bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon)
2 cups or more chopped veggies of your choosing ( I used green onions, garlic, tomato and topped my grits with sliced avocado)
2 cups cooked, deveined shrimp with tails off
1. Prepare grits according to package directions.
2. Stir in cheese, bacon, veggies and shrimp and heat through.
3. Serve topped with a little extra cheese, avocado, chopped tomatoes, etc.
This would make an excellent and fast week night meal. It would also be a fabulous dish to serve with eggs for brunch, in case you have anyone you might need to cook for maybe today? (hint, hint!!)
I think these would be great with some Rotel tomatoes and chorizo to give them a southwestern kick. So many ways to customize this recipe! Let me know what you did!
Enjoy! And Happy Mother’s Day!