Sunday, November 15, 2009
I've been lamenting my lack of cooking for months now. I will occasionally cook but it is not a regular occurrence in my household. This is not good for my pocket or my diet for that matter so I need to remedy this and fast. I've cooked two days in a row so perhaps I can keep up with cooking but I really need to get on meal planning, until I do that cooking around here will be haphazard at best. In any event, I want to share with you a simple recipe that is both quick and delicious. If you are a lover of shrimp this is right up your alley. I present you with a Southern classic - Shrimp and Grits!
This recipe was so easy, the most difficult thing to do was chop green onions. Seriously. I think the total cooking time was ten minutes from start to finish. There are several shortcuts in this recipe, I used quick cooking grits - the recipe called for cooking them in the microwave. I'm not sure why, it would have been just as easy to cook them on the stove but I followed the directions and cooked them for eight minutes, stirring half-way through. In the meantime I cooked veggie bacon in the pan for 4 minutes, broken up into bite sized pieces. This is my alteration of the recipe since we don't eat bacon in my household. I next added a cup of soy milk(with a teaspoon of flour for thickening)- another alteration - the recipe calls for heavy whipping cream but we are lactose intolerant and soy milk worked well. To that I added the frozen gumbo veggies, a teaspoon of creole seasoning, and a can of tomato seasoned with hot chilies. Finally, I added 12 ounces of shrimp.
After cooking for about 4 minutes, here is the final product, served over grits and topped with thinly chopped green onions. This was my first time making the recipe and it is so easy and delicious that I can see it being a regular addition to the menu around here. The one caveat is that my husband does not like okra so I may have to do another substitution for the gumbo veggies next time, but that is no biggie. For the full recipe click here. This is one of Publix's Simple Meals that they cook in the grocery store and have all of the ingredients on hand in the refrigerator next to the demonstration area. I've found that Publix has the best quick recipes and whenever I wander into the store I hope they are cooking something I can eat because it always answers the question "What's for dinner?" for me.
Try this recipe and let me know if your family likes it as much as I did!