Confetti Shrimp + Grits
in Honey Buttered Polenta
This one’s a winner!
I cooked dinner after lunch and then just reheated it around 4:45 to make for another less-stressful departure for school. It was QUITE hot cooking over the stove at 2pm on a 90* day. We hold off on air conditioning until mid-July because
1) We like the outdoor air
2) To reduce energy for the environment
3) To save money
I should just turn it on when it’s over 90* though. But in a tank top and shorts, I don’t mind being a little sweaty.
Anyways, here’s the basis for the shrimp + grits:
Serves 1, about 425 calories a serving.
- 10-12 medium shrimp, peeled
- Small bunch of broccoli raab, or spinach, or collards, or other green
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1/2 a cup assorted bell peppers, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1-2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
- Sprinkle Chili powder
- 1/4 cup quick cooking polenta
- 1 tbsp buttery spread
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp honey (secret ingredient!!)
- Add olive oil to pan and heat. Place shrimp one by one into pan and don’t touch until brown on one side. Flip and sear until crispy. Remove from pan.
- Add veggies to pan and sautee a few minutes. Stir in Old Bay and chili powder. Add 1/4 cup water to deglaze plan and steam veggies. Remove veggies from pan when tender.
- Add raab (or other greens) to pan. Sautee a few minutes until wilted. Add a splash of water to steam/deglaze, if needed.
- Meanwhile, cook polenta as package says (mine said to bring water to boil, add polenta and stir for 5 minutes).
- When polenta is thick, stir in 1 tbsp butter until melted. Then drizzle on tsp of honey.
- Add veggies and shrimp to polenta pot and stir together. Pour into bowl and top with shrimp and parmesan.
The combo of butter (y spread) and honey make the grits taste like a sweet cornbread . Or honey butter . Take your pick.
CHEM went OVER tonight by 5 minutes. Ugggg. It was so boring too.
Despite my filling and delicious dinner, I was hungry all evening. Maybe from the long run earlier today? I was definitely craving carbs. I ate Snack #1 at 7:00 and was still hungry at 9:30 when I got home so I had a Snack #2:
Snack #1: Mid-Solubility
The last fresh Morning Glory muffin ….
Snack #2: Home At Last
I had another quarter granola plank mixed with some of my homemade granola and greek yogurt when I got home.
Blog Story Of The Year
My friend Jessica , who I grew up with in Hillsborough and who attended our wedding last year, called me last night with this awesome story:
Jessica’s roommate, Karen, was rummaging through their spice cabinet while cooking and noticed something that looked familiar: the honey jar favor from our wedding that I posted on the blog on Monday.
Karen found Jessica in the shower and asked her: "Jessica, where did you get this honey jar?"
Jessica , from the shower: "At a wedding."
Karen : "Kath’s wedding?"
Jessica : "Yeah, why?"
Karen : "So you know Kath."
Jessica : "Yeah, I have known her for years. How do you know her?"
Karen : "I read her blog everyday!"
Turns out Jessica didn’t know about the blog and they verified I was the same Kath by sharing details about my life. What a coincidence !!! I gotta give a shout out to Karen in DC !!
Off to read Change of Heart on this warm summer night.