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Low Carb Shrimp and Grits
This warming dish on a cold day hits the spot!
Well, it is that time of year again. Days are shorter and growing colder.
This time of year is when your body starts to crave warming and comforting foods.
For example, something like a southern classic shrimp and grits.
If you are like me and follow the Ayurveda lifestyle, you should be eating “winter” foods, or foods that balance out Vata.
Winter is associated with Vata qualities which are cold, dry, and light.
Therefore, in order to balance out the excessive Vata qualities, you should be eating foods that are warm, moist, and heavy.
The reason it is important to eat seasonally, and especially eat more warming, heavy foods in the Winter months (November – February) is because we need to promote a healthy digestive system.
These winter foods provide our gut with certain microbes that aid in digestion, immunity, and energy.
You can find the winter foods lists at John Doullard’s LifeSpa.
I personally love winter foods. After taking the Ayurvedic type quiz, I know that I am a Vata type.
This means that summer is my strong season and I really need to focus on warming winter foods during the winter.
So, I decided to make a warm, moist low carb dinner recipe that tasted good but also was a winter super meal.
The meal that I decided to make contained onions, garlic, shrimp, chicken broth and cauliflower which is basically a low carb shrimp and grits.
This is really just a modified version of a traditional southern dish.
Although the traditional recipes call for grits, which is ground corn, and cheese.
However, these two ingredients are not good if you dairy free and are following a low carb diet.
And that regular version can range between 20-40 grams of carbs. Yikes!
Therefore, for this recipe, I decided to replace the corn with cauliflower and cheese with chicken broth as substitutes.
Although cauliflower is not a winter superfood, I was able to manipulate it a tad.
I made it more warm and moist by using broth, heating it up, and pureeing it.
It is low carb, high in fiber, and loaded with vitamin C for the immune system.
Not only that, but it has some Vitamin K for bone health.
Shrimp and grits offers a good winter super protein. Three ounces of shrimp contains approximately 20 grams of protein.
They have a ton of key nutrients your body needs and for your immune system.
Four ounces of shrimp contain over 100% of your daily value of selenium.
And it has over 75% of your daily value for vitamin B12.
To top that off, it contains about 50% of your daily value of phosphorous, and about 30% of your daily value of choline, copper, and iodine.
Shrimp also contains an antioxidant called astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin reduces inflammation in the body.
But, you just need to make sure you purchase wild caught shrimp.
Research has shown that farm raised shrimp have harmful chemicals.
In order to puree the cauliflower, onion, and garlic mixture for the shrimp and grits recipe, you need some type of liquid.
I opted for chicken broth. Chicken broth helps boost your immunity.
The glucosamine in chicken broth reduces joint pain and inflammation and has even been shown to stimulate the growth of new collagen.
The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and keeps your nails healthy.
Chicken broth has calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
All key nutrients for your immune system and bone
The glycine, an amino acid in chicken broth, has been shown to be calming.
Furthermore, the broth also helps with leaky gut.
The gelatin in chicken broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract.
Although I used chicken broth, you can make this recipe with chicken, beef, or vegetable broth!
Garlic and Onion:
Garlic and onions are a winter superfood.
Onions and garlic detoxify your body from of harmful toxins it is exposed to in the food you eat, air you breathe, and chemicals you come in contact with on a daily basis.
Onions have quercetin. Quercetin is a cancer preventative and improves heart health.
Moreover, quercetin can also lower blood pressure.
In addition, 0nions contain sulfides which have important amino acids that help the body synthesize protein and build cells.
Garlic is great for the immune system and providing relief from cold and flu symptoms.
So, of course we had to include this healthy food in our recipe.
Doctors around the world have used garlic as medicine for centuries. It is has been used to treat bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections.
Garlic contains allicin, an antioxidant that helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
You can make the cauliflower grits for this recipe with either a blender or a hand held immersion blender.
I have made the recipe with both instruments and highly recommend this blender or this hand held immersion blender.
I use these two tools frequently for smoothies, soups, and more!
We start by chopping up the cauliflower and onion.
I then put the chicken broth, cauliflower, onion, salt, black pepper, oregano, and garlic powder in a large pot and heated until everything was nice and soft.
While that was warming, I sauteed the shrimp and added a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
Once the cauliflower mixture was cool enough, I threw that into a food processor to get the grits consistency.
The only thing that was left was to put the grits into bowls and top with the cooked shrimp. adaptable so anyone can enjoy them.
This recipe is also keto friendly. We know the keto diet is wildly popular and we try to make as many of our recipes
Check out some other gluten free, low carb dinner ideas in our post that has 15 keto chicken recipes in one place!
Low Carb Shrimp and Grits
This is an easy, healthy version of a Southern classic. Gluten Free Dairy Free and Low Carb
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1/2 large onion
- 2 cups organic chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 lb shrimp
chop up the cauliflower and onion into small chunks
place the chicken broth, cauliflower, onion, salt, black pepper, oregano, and garlic powder in a large pot
simmer the cauliflower mixture until the cauliflower is soft
once cool enough, place the ingredients into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth like consistency of grits
while the cauliflower mixture is cooking you can heat oil in a pan and sautee the shrimp with some salt and pepper to taste
fill four serving bowls with the grits and top with the shrimp
Serving size-1 cup grits and 7 shrimp