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I am a recipe and cookbook hoarder and read cookbooks like most people read novels. Whenever we get a wild tear for a particular dish, I scour my many cookbooks, food blogs, and magazines to get inspiration. Then the fun happens, we turn loose in our kitchen and get to work. Cooking and food is something that Rob and I found we both had a passion for during our many moons of courting in the eHarmony space.
Being on a Whole30 round does not change how much we love cooking and eating, in fact, it makes it even more fun! Although the dishes that pile up do get a little old! I cannot wait until the twinadoes are old enough to do dishes.
We recently picked up a magazine and every recipe contained bacon. I don’t know about you, but we have a love affair with bacon in our house. It can be extremely difficult to find bacon that does not contain sugar in any form which is a requirement when on Whole30 and one we also try to go by when not on a round. Luckily, our local Sprouts has some awesome bacon that is Whole30 compliant. If you are not on a Whole30 round, feel free to use whatever bacon you wish.
I had been wanting to make shrimp and grits lately and the magazine contained a shrimp and grits recipe, but the recipe was not Paleo or Whole30 friendly. We are currently on a round of Whole30 (Day 17 woop woop!) so we decided to create our own version and include Whole30 compliant bacon, of course.
Even though my grandmother was from the South, growing up in Michigan grits were not something we had much of and I did not come to embrace them until recent years. Man, have I missed out! Grits are corn kernels ground up and that is definitely out on Whole30 so we decided to use cauliflower “rice”. Cauliflower “rice” is a new thing for us and we have enjoyed learning to cook with it since trying to live a mostly Paleo lifestyle. You put cauliflower in a food processor and process it until it resembles a rice like texture or if you are in a hurry, like we tend to be during weeknights, you can purchase cauliflower already riced in the fresh produce section or the freezer section at most stores. It costs more than ricing it yourself, but like I mentioned the dishes add up and buying it riced is usually the way we go. Just make sure the package you purchase is only cauliflower and does not have anything else added.
We eat a lot of leftovers to avoid cooking everyday and to save time (remember all of those dishes I keep moaning about?!) and this is great the next day, too! Hope you enjoy it!