Shrimp and Grits are pure southern comfort made healthier here (and every bit as delicious!) for the 21 Day Fix.
Hello my fixers! Long time no chat, eh? I know, sorry about that. For those of you who haven’t been following along, the fam and I just took a 4,000+ mile trek across the continent to move from Kentucky to Alaska. Holy crap, you guys. It was amazing. It took us about two weeks to get here with a van full of stuff, two kids and enough Starbucks to fuel a freaking jet (because that’s what jets are fueled with), but we did it. Let me just drop a few photos of our crazy adventure right here:
And then we got to our new little town. <happy, contented sigh> All I could think was “How could I have ever thought that I wouldn’t like it here?” We’ve now been here for a month and a half, and every single day I get up, look out my window to the mountains and the bay and thank my lucky stars that this was handed to us (as admittedly unsure as I was at the time). So how about we just pretend that I never said that I didn’t think I would like Alaska (and by extension, that I was a complete idiot who didn’t actually know anything about Alaska)?? Ya know, because why admit that you’re wrong when you can just pretend it never happened? – I’m kidding, I swear these are not the things I’m teaching my children, no emails please 😉 Ok, perfect.
And speaking of perfect (my segues are really improving, right?) I’ve got an awesome and new 21 Day Fix approved recipe for you! I really wanted to start back with an ode to Kentucky, because as much as I’m loving it here, there’s so much about Louisville that we love and miss. Shrimp and grits are one of those things. I know, that dish has never been accused of being health food, but it’s ok, because of course I fixed that 🙂
A few years ago, I didn’t think I liked grits. In fact, I was absolutely certain that they were basically just a waste of perfectly good table space at Cracker Barrel, ya know, space that would have been better filled by hashbrown casserole or those ridiculous hot apples. Gawwwd, I love those. Anyway… then we moved to the ‘ville. There’s hardly a restaurant in town that doesn’t have shrimp and grits on the menu and believe me, they are doing it right, so I hope I’ve done them justice here. My version has plenty of saucy, Cajun-spiced shrimp over some lemony asparagus and perfectly cheesy and creamy grits. These flavors are SO right together and ohmagoodness, this is a happy meal.
Don’tcha just love when comfort food is healthy and still… comfort-y? I do. I really, really do.
I hope you guys love this one (and love seafood in general, because it’s everywhere in Alaska and I can’t wait to share more of it with you)!
P.S. – Each serving of the cheesy grits by themselves are 1 Yellow and 1/2 Blue and are pretty amazing underneath a couple of runny eggs and some 21DF Southwestern Seasoning, just sayin’.