Grits Goodness Bowl

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What kind of person does it make me that my husband got me a bunch of cleaning supplies for my birthday?

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Let’s back it up a bit. My bday was a month ago, but bub was gone and then I was traveling. Sadly, there’s been no time to celebrate the majestic birth of muah.

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I came home Monday and our bed was piled high with birthday happies.

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All of which are to aid in my second favorite hobby – cleaning the sanctuary that is my house. I got this microwave splatter helmet thing that we can use to cover up foods before we heat them so sauces and such don’t fly all willy nilly. GAME CHANGER. Then, I got these lil motorized brushes to scrub the caked on messes on the stove top. Woah nelly, where have these babies BEEN all my life?! Next came a brand new hand vacuum. Only one of the most convenient household tools in all of the world! This one with a longer lasting charge because DUH. Finally, this angry looking lil woman that you fill with vinegar & put it in the microwave to sanitize it. Like, OK, a thing I absolutely cannot live without. All to say, I have VERY big plans this weekend.

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Oh, and to complete the kewl girl birthday of 2019, a night night mumu in a cactus print.

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of grits, uncooked
  • 1 package of tempeh, sliced in thin strips
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut in florets
  • 1/2 lb. of brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 package of cremini mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of kale, destemmed + roughly chopped
  • 5 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of agave
  • 2 tsp. of liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. of hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a bowl, combine kale + 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, massage gently + set aside
  • Arrange cauliflower + brussels on 1-2 lined baking sheets (depending on your sheets) + drizzle with 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Roast for 20 minutes, toss, roast another 15
  • Meanwhile, whisk 1 tbsp. of olive oil + soy sauce + agave + liquid smoke + hot sauce + cumin + chili powder + some S+P
  • Arrange tempeh in a flat, even layer + pour marinade on top, let sit for a few minutes
  • Heat skillet over medium heat
  • Add some tempeh slices, cooking for 3-4 minutes per side, remove + repeat with all slices
  • Then, heat last bit of olive oil in that same skillet + add mushrooms + S+P, cook for 5-6 minutes
  • Add kale + red pepper + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Meanwhile, cook grits to package directions, once done, stir in nutritional yeast
  • To serve, pour some grits in a bowl + top with tempeh bacon + shroom/kale mix + some cauliflower + brussels sprouts
  • Using hands, scoop up some of your food + catapult it at your sweetie, then just stay seated + calm + see what happens

Shrimp + Grits

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I love an excuse to wear a floor length gown. I just really shine in them, ya know?

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Friday was the military ball. Oh how I wish all of you could have been flies on the wall. It was that kind of evening.

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Dinner was what you expect banquet, military food to be. I had a piece of lasagna & a potato that they shaped into a flower? I’m really not sure but I applaud the effort.

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We were so looking forward to dancing the night away. All we wanted to do was bust several moves. Then the DJ played Cotton Eyed Joe & 18 other line dances in a row & it was time to go.

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We did, however, pick up 2 large pizzas afterward & I just hair flipped all the way home.

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Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of grits
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 6-8 strips of bacon, cut in chunks
  • 1 lb. of raw shrimp
  • 1/4 cup of green onions, sliced
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of creole seasoning
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded

How to:

  • Bring water + stock + S+P to a boil in a saucepan
  • Add grits, cover + cook on low heat until liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a dry skillet over medium heat until desired crispiness
  • Lay on a paper towel lined plate
  • Add shrimp to the skillet you cooked the bacon in
  • Add creole seasoning + S+P
  • When shrimp are almost completely cooked, add bacon + green onion + lemon + garlic, cook another 2 minutes
  • Once grits are cooked, stir in cheese + S+P
  • Serve shrimp over grits with some extra green onion
  • Give me a call + tell me thank you