The best part about this meal is that the whole thing was on the table in about a half hour. Can't beat that on a weeknight!
Healthy Shrimp and Grits
Ingredients - Grits
2 cups water
1/2 cup yellow grits (not quick grits)
1 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
1 tbsp. parmesan cheese
Splash of fat free milk
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Ingredients - Shrimp
6 ounces shrimp (I used 31/34 count)
Cajun seasoning (if you don't have Cajun seasoning, you can substitute garlic powder and cayenne pepper)
1 tsp. parsley
In a small saucepan, bring the water for the grits to a boil. Once the water is boiling, slowly pour in the grits, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 12 minutes, or until the grits have thickened. Add the cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese and a splash of milk; stir until the cheeses have melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
While the grits are cooking, heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with nonfat cooking spray. While the pan is warming up, peel the shrimp and pat dry on a paper towel. Sprinkle with sea salt and season liberally with the Cajun seasoning. Add to the hot pan and cook about 2 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp are opaque and slightly pink.
Pour the cooked grits into bowls and top with the cooked shrimp. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Note: I actually doubled the amount of shrimp for Matt's serving, since 3 ounces of protein doesn't cut it for someone his size. Feel free to adjust the amount of shrimp as needed!
Nutrition Facts** (One Serving): 293 calories; 6.75 grams fat; 25.5 grams protein; 33 grams carbs; 1 gram fiber
**I am not a registered nutritionist. Nutritional facts are based on my own calculations and may not be completely accurate.