Monday, November 7, 2011

Paleo Shrimp & Grits

The caveman was NOT looking forward to dinner tonight. First, he's not much of a caveman anymore, as he is following somewhat the opposite of a Paleo diet these days. We both knew he wasn't inclined to stick to it, but had kind of found a happy middle ground. He was happily chowing down Ezekiel bread with grassfed butter, for example. The last time he hit the store, though, I suddenly found jumbo white bagels and cinnamon sugar pita chips in the kitchen.

I realize it's not healthy for me to impose how I eat on him, or to judge his choices unless he asks. Thus I shudder at the bagels but try not to utter a peep unless asked.

He IS however, totally fine with eating my Paleo meals, particularly when I cook us both a nice dinner. Tonight, though, I had thrown out there that we were having shrimp and grits. He claimed to not be a big fan of the dish, and was even less enthusiastic when I let him know the "grits" would be made from cauliflower. He loathes cauliflower.

starting the grits...
I don't like it much either, so I'd been putting off trying out riced cauliflower despite all the raves and delicious-sounding recipes I've stumbled upon. When I received my new Paleo Comfort Foods cookbook, though, I could not resist the lure of their Shrimp & Grits recipe. The photo, the ingredients... it was just what I was craving and I decided to get over my hang-up with cauliflower!

Happily, I can report that this dish was a slam dunk for both of us. So much so that I can't wait to eat the leftover grits tomorrow with some sauteed kale and mushrooms. The caveman couldn't stop raving and wants me to make it for his mom. That is a rave if ever I've heard one.

I was so excited to find the recipe for the dish on Charles and Julia's website, as it's a bit long too type out but *so* worth sharing.  I know there's been quite a bit of buzz for their awesome cookbook in the Paleo community, but I'll throw in my 2 cent endorsement that this is the most visually-appealing and salivation-inducing cookbook I've picked up in ages, Paleo or not! A must own.


  1. Hey! I'm in a similar situation making paleo/primal meals for our dinners and then trying not to worry about the other person's independent food choices. Glad you found a recipe that works for both of you. Keep it up!

  2. Your comment means so much to me Ella! I was very excited for he and I to follow Paleo together, and it just wasn't meant to be. It's subsequently caused a lot of tension in the relationship... him frustrated at what I can/can't eat, me cringing each time he takes a bite of one of those huge, white bagels! I even tried to compromise for a couple of weeks by reincorporating some sprouted grains, and it was *not* a huge thing. It's definitely harder to not only go it alone, but within a partnership where lifestyle and diet can really have an influence on both people. Thanks for reminding me I'm not the only one experiencing this.