Lower Fat Cheesy Grits with Shrimp

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!

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