There are some key staple foods you come to love when you move to the South. On the top of my list is shrimp and grits. Every other southern-food restaurant and diner offers their own version of this very classic southern dish. The great thing about this meal is how simple and quick it is to make. I also think this meal is relatively healthy. See? I am taking care of you starting off the year by giving you a good and healthy meal (according to me).
Grits. Gritsgritsgrits. I am a fan, a lover of grits. Grits are nothing more than ground hominy – or mote, as we call it in Ecuador. I am even more fascinated by instant grits (Ha!), which make the preparation relatively quickly.
In terms of shrimp, my preference is to buy fresh, but these days I’ve been purchasing frozen, deveined shrimp and I’ve had no complaints. As much as I love and live to cook from scratch, preferably with fresh seafood, when I’m hungry, the last thing I want to do is stand in front of the sink peeling and deveining shrimp.
When a new year begins, we always tend to make resolutions – the most popular is probably eating better/healthier/less, etc. Personally, it’s been a really long time since I’ve made any new year resolutions. More often than not, I end up disappointing myself. I rather make long term commitments throughout the year, and evaluate consistently whether I am staying true to those commitments. For instance, I commit myself to going to the gym at least 3 times a week; drinking a green shake or oatmeal with apples, yogurt and walnuts for breakfast; eating a light lunch – be it a sandwich, soup, tuna and crackers (yes, I eat cat food every once in a while); and then having a super awesome dinner with a glass of wine – or a beer, if I so choose. I don’t crave anything, because I haven’t deprived myself of anything. And when you love to make dinner like me, I end my day on a high note. I like to make Saturdays special, and I will make pancakes for breakfast, or we go to the Highland Bakery and eat something sweet and delicious. Are there times when I frequent Highland Bakery on more than one occasion during the week? Yes. However, I know that I have “splurged”, and I make up for it by eating homemade, healthier foods. But that is just me. What do you do?