Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Low Cal Shrimp & Grits

yesterday was a monumental day at the clay house...we joined COSTCO!! i said i'd never do it but remember my savvy dinner party friend?! well, she introduced me to these hearts of palm that are sold {per my husband, "i'm sure exclusively"} at costco & are quite amazing. so, a $50 membership fee & $76 worth of costco goods...well, made for a damn nice trip. oh & note worthy...i left with a box of veggie straws & crisps!


lastly, i got some delicious shrimp at publix {they have great shrimp if you're ever looking!} & decided to make a low calorie shrimp & grit dinner. each serving was around 200 calories!!

{low cal shrimp & grits}

ingredients {in order of use}
*serves 2

  • 2 cups chicken stock {buy 2 cans 14.5 ounce stock}
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking grits
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 round mini babybel original cheese
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • emeril's original essence, *also found in local grocery stores
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 chive sprigs, diced, {optional}

1. to prep, toss shrimp with emeril's essence seasoning & set aside.

*now begin with grits because while they "fluff", we can cook the shrimp!

2. in a large pot, bring chicken stock & milk to a boil. slowly stir in grits. add salt & pepper, reduce heat a low simmer & cover. allow to cook for approx. 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. while grits are cooking, heat olive oil in a medium skillet to medium-low heat. toss minced garlic into skillet & saute until transparent & fragrant. toss in tomato, lemon juice, salt & pepper & bring to medium-high heat. cook until tomatoes mixture starts to become thicker & into a "sauce", approx. 6-10 minutes. add shrimp, cook until pink throughout. when done, remove from heat & set aside.

4. stir grits & add more milk if they appear "dry". still over heat, toss in babybel cheese & stir to melt.

5. to serve, place a big spoonful of grits in a bowl & top with shrimp, tomatoes, sauce & garnish with chives. enjoy!

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