A Scallion Shrimp & Grits Recipe That's Bursting With Omega-3s
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Personally, I love seafood; in fact, it's my favorite food—for so many reasons. Most importantly, I love that it's a great source of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.
Why is this such a perk? Well omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties and pack all kinds of benefits for whole-body health. For instance, they support cardiovascular, brain1, eye2, bone3, and immune health4. For these reasons, in my practice, I recommend eating seafood twice per week—throughout every stage of life.
Those servings can come from any type of seafood that you prefer. One option that I love is tinned fish because it's affordable, sustainable, and shelf-stable. Some great tinned fish options include sardines, mackerel, anchovies, herring, and even shrimp. In fact, tinned shrimp is the star of my heart-healthy take on classic shrimp and grits (check out the video above for my full demonstration).
Yes, shellfish isn't as rich in omega-3s as other cold-water or fatty fish, but it does still have meaningful amounts. I love combining this accessible seafood with fiber-packed stone-ground grits in my recipe. In addition to a mix of nutritious herbs and spices, I also love to add a scoop of mindbodygreen's organic veggies+ to this recipe. Among other beneficial ingredients, organic veggies+ features sea veggies, which naturally contain many essential micronutrients like iodine, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, folate, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
Ready to whip up my scallion shrimp and grits? Check out the video above or my full recipe below!
Scallion Shrimp & Grits Recipe
- 1½ cups fat-free milk
- 1½ cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup stone-ground corn grits
- 1 tablespoon mindbodygreen organic veggies+
- ¼ cup seafood broth
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
- 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
- In a medium stockpot, combine the milk, water, and bay leaves and bring to a boil over high heat. Gradually add the grits, stirring continuously. Add organic veggies+.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often, or until the grits are soft and tender. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaves.
- In a small cast-iron skillet, bring the broth to a simmer over medium heat. Add the garlic and scallions, and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the shrimp, dill, paprika, and celery seeds and cook for about 7 minutes, or until the shrimp is light pink but not overcooked.
- Plate each dish with ¼ cup of grits, topped with shrimp.
Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. She received her masters of science in nutrition at New York University and completed her clinical nutrition training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. After graduating, Maya established a DOHMH funded food and nutrition program in an outpatient setting where she oversaw the nutrition program, counseled patients and was responsible for the daily soup kitchen and weekly food pantry where she partnered with neighborhood CSAs and food co-ops to bring local and organic food to her clients.
Maya shares her approachable, real food based solutions to millions of people through regular speaking engagements and as a nutrition expert on The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America. She's also an adjunct professor at NYU where she teaches nutrition and lectures at nutrition symposia. When she's not hard at work, you may spot Maya out for a run, shopping at the Park Slope Food Coop or enjoying a delicious meal with her family.