Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lightened Shrimp & Cheesy Grits

I found this recipe on Pinterest courtesy of the blog "A Healthy Makeover".  I made a couple of tweaks, but the recipe should be just about as advertised as far as nutrition goes.


Recipe Notes
The original recipe called for a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley over the top, but I didn't think it was worth the trouble or the cost of buying a bunch of parsley.  Serve this dish with a nice, simple green salad and you've got a hearty (and light) dinner.

Nutritional Information (per serving - serves 4)
462 calories - 38 g. carbohydrates - 11 g. fat - 52 g. protein - 1 g. fiber

  • 3 c. fat free chicken broth
  • 1 c. old fashioned (hominy) grits
  • 1/2 c. 2% shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 thin slices of deli ham (I used honey ham), chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste
1.  In a medium saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil.
2.  Stir in grits and reduce heat to medium low.  Stir occasionally until thickened.  (Original recipe calls for 12 minutes, mine took more like 5 minutes).
3.  Remove grits from heat and mix in cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese.  Stir until melted.  Cover grits and set aside.
4.  In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium/high heat.  
5.  Add chopped ham and cook until slightly crispy.  Remove to a paper towel and set aside.
6.  In the same pan (do not wash it out), add shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
7.  Saute until cooked throughout.
8.  Add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.  Heat sauce through and then add the ham.
9.  Spoon grits, ham, and sauce over cheese grits.

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