Slimmed Down Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

Slimmed Down Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 277.4
  • Total Fat: 7.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 141.7 mg
  • Sodium: 345.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
  • Protein: 26.0 g

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This is the best kind of healthy recipe makeover: the kind no one will notice. Believe us when we say this dish is one of the best meals we've ever eaten. This is the best kind of healthy recipe makeover: the kind no one will notice. Believe us when we say this dish is one of the best meals we've ever eaten.
Number of Servings: 4


    Cheesy grits:
    1/2 cup old fashioned grits, not instant
    pinch salt
    1/4 cup low-fat evaporated milk
    1/2 cup shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

    2 teaspoons canola oil
    1 onion, diced
    4 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 bell pepper, diced
    1 cup frozen or low-sodium canned corn
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    12 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp, 26-30 count
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    1 tablespoon tomato puree
    1 cup water
    1 1/2 cups low-sodium diced tomatoes
    2 green onions, chopped


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Grits are traditionally made with cream and butter, but I swapped in low-fat evaporated milk. To keep that rich cheese flavor without adding loads of fat, I used a flavorful, full-fat cheese. A little sharp Cheddar goes a long way.

For the shrimp, I used tomato paste to add depth, then included four different vegetables to boost the nutrition.


Fill a saucepan with 2 1/4 cups of water and the salt. Bring to a boil, then slowly whisk in the grits. Cover and simmer over low heat for 12 minutes, stirring often. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Remove from heat.

The grits will thicken as they sit, so you may need to add an additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water just before serving. The grits should be pourable.

Place a large sautepan over moderate heat. Heat the oil then add the onions, sauteing for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and peppers, cooking another 3 minutes. Add the corn and the flour, stirring constantly for 1 minute to cook the flour.
Add the tomato paste and the shrimp, cooking for five minutes, or until the shrimp turns pink. Slowly add one cup of water to the saucepan, stirring and scraping to reincorporate any crust that's on the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 5-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, heat through, and remove from heat.

Place 3/4 cup warm grits into a soup bowl, and top with one cup of the shrimp and vegetables. Sprinkle on one tablespoon of chopped green onions before serving.

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    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    OH MY GOSH!! This was FANTASTIC!!! I challenge anyone who thinks they don't like grits to try this. You will be hooked. I did my grits in a small crock pot with boiling water 1.5 hours on high while I was getting my walk in. They were perfect without me having to watch the stove! - 11/15/11

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    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I make a similar version of this recipe. A serving of grits (dry) is a 1/4 cup. In this version, you're only getting a 1/2 serving of grits. In my version I put in less cheese and up the grits for about the same calories. - 11/30/11

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    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Help! I live in eastern Canada ... what exactly are grits? All I know is that people in the southern USA eat them. Is there a substitute because I know I have never seen them in a grocery store here... - 11/30/11

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (11/30/11)
    You can substitute polenta

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    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    For those who don't eat shrimp you can use salmon patties or reg fish of your choice w/ cheesey grits. It's great with salmon and hotsauce... thanks Eastminsk, grits is processed white corn, In the US it's sold by Quaker brand like Quaker Oatmeal. - 12/5/11

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    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I loved this recipe so easy to make Chef meg and so good - 10/24/11