Shrimp and cauliflower grits

As you know, from previous post (Cauliflower Hummus), I have been on a SUPER hunt for tasty carb substitutes. And a lot of my substitutes lately have been cauliflower related. So when I saw someone mention on Facebook that they recently had cauliflower grits I HAD to investigate this further. When I googled looking for a recipe I realized it looked really simple to make and I already had most of the ingredients. I decided to make this breakfast meal and I would love to share the process and results with you. Check it out!

Here is the recipe

When I looked at the recipe there were a couple of things I had to substitute or make less of, but overall I had it. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now if you keep cauliflower rice around. And if you don’t, it’s inexpensive and can be purchased at almost any grocery store. The recipe called for heads of cauliflower, but I find it easier and less time consuming to get cauliflower rice. Speaking of time, this recipe says it takes 30 minutes to make this and I would say that’s pretty accurate.

The cauliflower rice after it’s been processed

Since I made this recipe on the fly, there was a couple of things I had to substitute. I used cauliflower rice instead of cauliflower. I also used cilantro instead of parsley. I looked up a good substitute for parsley here and cilantro was listed. Along with substituting, I also didn’t have enough of some ingredients like the shrimp. I think I had about half of what the recipe called for but I seemed to be pretty even when I divided the grits and shrimp up into bowls.

Results

I had tried to make cauliflower mashed potatoes once and those came out very watery. So I was very skeptical of how this would taste. I was very happy with the results though. It actually tasted like grits! (One thing I would change is the consistency. I would have processed the cauliflower rice for longer to make it more smooth.) It was creamy, flavorful, and healthy! I am happy to have another healthy substitute to add to my list. The goal is to replace all of my unhealthy food choices with better ones.

Grits results
Shrimp results (before cilantro)
Voila!

Have you guys ever made cauliflower grits? What are some other things you made with cauliflower? I would love for you to comment below with your thoughts and healthy alternative recipes! Please remember to also follow my blog by pressing the button at the bottom of the page.

Sweet potato ooey gooey butter cake recipe

I love trying new recipes and cooking something different. One year for my birthday I invited friends over and asked them to bring a food dish they’d made. My friend Taylore (s/o to the homie) brought something called pumpkin ooey gooey butter cake. It was a smash with the group and asked her to send me the recipe. The next year for Thanksgiving I decided I was going to try this new recipe I had just tasted. And the same way it was a hit at my birthday party, it was a hit with my family! I even made a small batch for my dad to take to work and now they request it all the time too. Everyone loves this recipe! And it’s fairly easy as well. The two main things I’ve learned through making this year after year are to really make sure the cream cheese is soft or else the batter comes out lumpy and it is best to use a hand mixer to assure everything is properly blended. I’ve gotten lazy before and just tried to mix it with a spoon and it just doesn’t taste the same. Another thing I love about this recipe is the flexibility of it. After a couple of years of making the same pumpkin recipe, I decided to switch it up and do sweet potato instead. It was sooooo much better! And now in more recent years, I’ll add chocolate chips to some and nuts to some. You can make this recipe so many different ways! There are some other variations listed at the bottom of the directions. This has become my go-to dessert recipe and I haven’t had anyone complain yet of me making it every year.

Here is the recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-gooey-butter-cakes-recipe-1940256

All of the ingredients

Bottom crust in cupcakes

Left: chocolate chip Right: half nuts, half regular

Cupcakes when done (forgot to put water in the other half of the pan so they came out a little brown on top)

Finished butter cakes (holes in there are from making sure the cakes were done)

Have you ever made this recipe? What’s your favorite dessert recipe? What tips can you share as far as baking? I’d love to get your thoughts on these topics. And don’t forget to follow my blog by pressing the follow button at the bottom of the page.