In case y’all didnt know (or couldn’t tell), I am from the South. I hail from Austin, Texas and I’m proud of it! California is extremely different. Its beautiful here, and the liberalness is comforting, but I miss Texans. Or perhaps just Austinites? Austin is this gorgeous, liberal oasis in the middle of the big red state. There is amazing food, shopping, swimming holes, lakes, and the people are so weird (but in a good way)! I’ve been craving southern food lately (ahem, fried catfish…) and tonight was not an exception. I decided to make shrimp and grits!
This dish tastes like its clogging your arteries, but its pretty healthy! It is better for you than traditional shrimp and grits because it uses oats instead. Grits are dried corn kernels without the hull. They have almost no fiber and very little nutritional value. Oats on the other hand have lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Thaw 12 raw, deveined shrimp. Shake some garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, seasoning salt, pepper, and cajon seasoning onto the shrimp and toss. Chop 1/4 cup onion and 1 garlic clove.
Spray a pan with canola oil and begin to saute the onion and garlic.
In a bowl, pour in 1/2 cup oats. Add just a tad under (both) 1/2 cup nonfat milk and 1/2 cup water. Add 2 tsps canola butter. Microwave for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, throw the shrimp in the pan with the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until white.
When the oatmeal is done, measure out 1/4 cup mozzarella shredded cheese. Mix about half of it into the oatmeal. Add salt. Top with onions, shrimps, and the rest of the cheese. Give it another sprinkle of paprika for cuteness.
Shrimp * extremely high in protein and low in fat! Contains selenium, tryptophan, vitamin D (key for bone health), B12, iron (needed for a healthy thyroid), phosphorous, B3, and zinc. The fat that shrimp does contain is the healthy monounsaturated kind.
Oats * A slow digesting carbohydrate that will keep you full for longer and not spike your blood sugar because of its fiber content. Also contains potassium, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, and magnesium.
Onion * Contains quercitin, an antioxidant that halts the growth of tumors! Also, studies have linked regular onion consumption with lower cholesterol and reduced risk of colon cancer. A prime source of chromium.