Not-Your-Ordinary Shrimp and Grits

I am super excited to share this recipe because my husband said it was my most creative, best recipe yet.  As I was sitting at work today thinking about what to cook for dinner, I knew it had to involve shrimp and butternut squash because that is what I had, but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to put it together.  I also wanted to incorporate that sample coconut butter packet since I wasn’t very fond of the crumbled bit on my peanut butter and banana sammie the other day.  I think it was more the texture that bothered me.  Anyway, I found a way to bring all the ingredients together by putting a spin on the usual Shrimp ‘N Grits.  If you give the recipes a try, let me know what you think.   

Enter Cashew Coconut Shrimp and Butternut Grits with Parmesan and Rosemary.


Cashew Coconut Shrimp


1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. coconut butter, softened

1/3 c. cornmeal

1/3 c. cashews

3 tbsp. flour

salt and pepper, to taste


1. Process cashews in food processor until a crumb-like consistency forms.

2. Pour cashews in medium bowl. Add cornmeal, flour, and salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.

3. In separate bowl combine olive oil and coconut butter.  Mix until evenly distributed.

4. Season shrimp with salt and pepper.  Toss shrimp in oil mixture to coat.  Then pour shrimp into the cashew mixture and toss to coat evenly.

5. Spray broil pan with nonstick spray.  Put coated shrimp on pan.  Spray top of shrimp lightly with nonstick spray. 

6. Broil shrimp for 5 minutes on high watching carefully to not burn coating.  Rotate pan after five minutes.  Switch broiler to low and cook 2 minutes more with oven door open to be sure coating does not burn or until shrimp are cooked through. 


Butternut Grits with Parmesan and Rosemary


1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1/2 c. quick cooking grits

1/4 c. parmesan cheese, grated

1 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced (more for garnish if desired)

salt and pepper, to taste


1. Fill medium saucepan with water to cover squash.  Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender about 15 minutes.  Drain.

2. Put 2 cups water in saucepan and bring to a boil.  Pour in grits and stir, lower heat, cover, and simmer 5 minutes.

3. Add squash to cooked grits along with remaining ingredients.  Use a wire whisk to mash squash and incorporate into grits mixture.

Enjoy!  To plate, spoon grits onto plate or bowl.  Top with shrimp and sprinkle additional rosemary if desired.


My other meals certainly do not top the meal above, but here they are.


I enjoyed a half of a toasted WW bagel topped with Maranatha peanut butter, sliced banana, spoonful of greek yogurt, and some Seedless Black Raspberry Preserves. And some mango green tea.

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Lunch involved some of last night’s maple and brown sugar pork tenderloin.


I did heat the pork at work, but for picture purposes while packing it this a.m. here it is.  I served it on whole wheat bread with honey mustard, lettuce, and tomato.  The sandwich was pretty darn tasty; I am glad I stopped the husband from feeding the leftovers to the dogs.  Dessert included a sliced nectarine.  I also had a granola bar during after school tutoring, but no pic was snapped.

Well, I am off to fold laundry and finish up Idol.  Good Night!


Toilet Talk

Hello there! I hope you do not mind my veering away from food for a second, but I really need to get this off my chest while it’s in my head.  It does have something to do with health.  I’m talking about restroom habits, and not particularly about how regular or irregular one may be.  That is not my business, but I will say eating whole grains, fruits, and veggies can help with that sort of problem.  I’m talking more so in the sense of sanitary habits.



I always use those toilet covers when they are available and they are so much more user friendly than covering the seat with strips of toilet paper as Mom taught me to do at a young age, but I never hear other people pulling them from the box in stalls next to me.  What’s up with that?  Do the majority of people squat or do they just not give a darn?  With squatting there is always the risk of missing which someone might have to sit on later.  No thanks!  Or, as in my case, I freeze up if I squat and I end up not being able to go.  Thank goodness, we don’t have these here in the U.S.—squat toilets.


Second–really people, wash your nasty hands!  That grosses me out to no end when I see people walk out of the bathroom after using the restroom without washing their hands.  This happens all.the.time. at the gym nonetheless (where people are concerned with health).  I do not want to touch the cardio or weight machines after you just took a p*** or s*** for that matter and failed to wash.  It takes all of 20 seconds or the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song.  I learned that a while back in a medication training for when I have to administer medication to students at work.  Well, I guess everyone was not as fortunate to have a dad to fuss them if they didn’t wash their hands after using the bathroom.  That guy raised me right!

Done with that!  Let’s talk food now.


I wasn’t feeling like cooking this a.m. so I had a quick cereal bowl-mixture of Kashi Heart to Heart, Kashi Vanilla Island Squares, Ground Flaxseed, handful of praline pecan granola, banana, and cup of low fat milk.


Cup A Mango Green Tea


Lunch was a homemade lunchable with sliced turkey, laughing cow wedges, Triscuits, on the verge to being bad celery stalks, and a nectarine that was traded out for the apple pictured below.


After work I headed straight to the gym munching on this Almond Joy of a Bar below in the car.


This honestly felt like I was eating a candy bar—sweet, coconutty texture, almonds, mmmm.  I didn’t miss the chocolate either.

After 45 sweaty minutes on the elliptical and stair climber I stretched, did some abdominals, and headed home with intentions to cook dinner.  To my surprise, I arrived home to a meal cooked by my husband.  Oh, how thankful am I!  I didn’t have to cook.

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Chris baked a maple and brown sugar pre-seasoned pork tenderloin.  These Hormel tenderloins are easy, lean, and delish plus they were buy one get one free so I have another in the freezer!  Sides included boxed mac~n~cheese and steamed peas.  Dinner is always better when I am not the one cooking it!  Thanks again to my hubby—much appreciated!

I’m off to rest!  This time change has got me feeling off the past three mornings, but I do like those lighting effects hitting my dinner plate above.  Night!

Dazed and Confused

It was definitely difficult to wake up this morning due to my Sudafed Nighttime Cold Medicine.  Needless to say, I overslept by about thirty minutes, but still had time to get in some breakfast.  I had a satisfying peanut butter and grape preserve sandwich on a deli flat and a sliced orange (hoping some vitamins will help my immune system in kicking this cold).

Orange + Hot Green Mango Tea A.K.A. Foods to Fight the Cold

I took a Daytime Sudafed for Severe Cold before heading to work, and I do not recommend them when operating a vehicle.  My whole drive to work was dazed and confused and to be honest I wasn’t quite sure how I got there.  I almost felt like I had a bit too much to drink and only hoped I wasn’t swerving in and out of lanes.  Luckily, I made it to work safely and on time.  After I got moving around the classroom, my daze seemed to fade away.  A couple hours later I felt some hunger pangs chirping in my stomach.  Thankfully, lunch time was near.

Scrumptious Salad--Pork Pieces Heated and Topped Just Before Consumption

My salad was just the right lunch to quench my hunger.  It contained romaine, carrots, squash, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, pork tenderloins that the hub cooked up to add to his veggie soup last night (he’s certainly a meat eater), and 2 tbsp. of light raspberry vinaigrette.  I also ate a 1/4 cup of Kashi Mountain Medley Granola for some “dessert.”

On my way to a meeting after work I ate some satiating peanuts.  A handful of peanuts truly gives me that energy boost and leaves me with a feeling of fullness from the healthy fats, so a handful of nuts is a great snack.  Be advised that peanuts or any nuts should be eaten in moderation because they do have a high caloric value.  So purchase portioned bags or portion them out from the larger containers if your hand has trouble sealing the lid once you have had a fair portion–generally an ounce for nuts.

The original title of this post was intended to be “Sick of the Cold–Exercise or Don’t.”  But when I got home from my meeting tonight, I happened to look at the blog of fellow blogger, Julie, at PBFingers.  What a coincidence!  She completely stole my idea! [Kidding] 😉  I even looked up some information earlier today on the computer just before lunch regarding whether or not one should work out when sick. I found the same information about “above the neck, below the neck” symptoms that she stated.  Ultimately I decided to forego my original post idea, since you can easily take a look at hers.  Regarding my own decision on working out tonight, I feel I need to get some rest and let my body take a break.  1.) My hip is agitated and I am taking some time off.  2.) My head feels congested like it may explode at any second.  And from what I gathered, one cannot sweat out his or her cold.  The key is rest, hydrate, and eat.  So that’s it!  I’m off to hydrate, figure out what I can take out of the freezer for dinner, and catch up on some much needed rest and maybe watch some t.v. (since I started the blog I hardly ever watch t.v. anymore).  Good night!

Question of the Night: What is your favorite on-the-go snack?