Last weekend we took my mom to Lambert’s for a belated Mother’s Day brunch. Out of sheer impulse I ordered the shrimp & grits and didn’t look back. It was my cheat meal, it sounded amazing, and I ate every last bit. Ever since then I have been dreaming about that dish. Did I mention it was topped with a soft boiled egg? YUM. Anyway, I came across a recipe for cauliflower “grits” this weekend and decided to try my own clean version of the traditional dish.
Bring out that nutritional yeast, put away the oil, the butter, and cream – you won’t find that here as I am not a fan of heavy cooking nor creamy thighs or a butter butt….
For the shrimp:
Depoo and devein the shrimp. Or do what I do and buy it already done for you. Rinse and pat shrimp dry.
Spray with organic olive oil cooking spray.
Squeeze 1/2 lime juice over shrimp.
SprAnkle garlic & herb seasoning.
Ms. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning.
Grill on low heat for about 7-9min.
For the Cauliflower “Grits”
My version adapted from here.
What you need:
1 head of cauliflower
1/3 c. nutritional yeast flakes (DO NOT OMIT THIS)
3/4 c. low sodium organic, free range chicken broth
garlic & herb seasoning
and sea salt (if you’re into that. I didn’t use any)
Remove leaves and stems from cauliflower. Rinse and chop into florets. Place in a food processor and pulse until it turns into a grit-like consistency.
Meanwhile heat a skillet on low, spray with organic olive oil cooking spray.
Add cauliflower “grits” to the skillet, pour in 3/4c. chicken broth
SprAnkle pepper, garlic & herb seasoning, and chives. Stir occasionally for 10-15 min.
Just before it’s browned add in the 1/3c. nutritional yeast flakes and stir for a few more min.
Top with grilled shrimp, I plated it with asparagus and DONE!
Notes and Variations:
Look, I’m going to be honest with you. If you leave out the nutritional yeast flakes it will taste less like “cheesy grits” and more like pulsed cauliflower.
Variations could include:
– The actual use of cheese. I imagine goat or Parmesan would be tha bomb.
– Top with a soft boiled egg or an egg cooked over easy.
– If you’re one of those people obsessed with bacon, I’d imagine that would be pretty good too, but I don’t endorse that as “clean eatin”