Healthy holidays! Healthy holidays!
Healthy holidays!

Shrimp and "Grits"

By Julie Esta’


   As a Certified Health Coach, the center of many client conversations is ‘WHY?’ Why do you want to start this journey to optimal health? What does it mean to you? When you go to a special event, why are you going—the event or the food? 

   Asking ourselves “why?” helps us to define our motive and propels us towards healthy choices. Do you have health goals that you aimed to achieve this year? Did you achieve them? 

   Telling ourselves “Oh, it’s the holidays” has the power to derail us from what matters most.

   There will always be a holiday, a celebration, and other special events that are serving delicious dishes. However, when we take charge of what matters most in our lives, we can focus on the actual event and not the food. We create a plan that will create small victories which will lead to lifelong success. We create the best version of ourselves when we plan ahead and are intentional.

   This holiday season, join me in refocusing on what matters most! You are a temple of the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind what it’s all about, and focus on loving others like Jesus in celebrating His birth.

Shrimp and Grits Dressing

  • 1.25 lbs Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3.5 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Purely Cajun Seasoning
  • 2.5 cups frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, no salt
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shreddedPut cauliflower rice and broth in a pot, cover and cook on medium-low until all water is gone, approximately 20-30 minutes. When it is cooked, place in a bowl lined with paper towels to absorb any remaining water. Remove paper towels. Add all remaining ingredients except for Parmesan cheese. Stir well. Place in casserole dish and bake on 325 for 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle Parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 25 minutes. Allow to cool then cut into servings, serve and Enjoy!

Makes 4 Servings. Per serving: 1 protein, 3 vegetables, 3 condiments, 2 healthy fats

Julie Esta’ is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Purely Cajun Seasoning. She has witnessed many believers grow in their spiritual walk as they implement lifestyle changes to improve their eating habits and physical health.

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