Cajun Shrimp and Grits is perfect for brunch or a date night in. Spicy shrimp on top of cheesy grits with a little bacon thrown in – and it’s all ready in less than 30 minutes! 

Cajun Shrimp and Grits - spicy shrimp with cheesy grits! Super simple recipe that feels very decadent. Perfect for brunch or a date night in!

Can you believe it’s already Mother’s Day weekend?!

My kids are with their dad this weekend and I love them dearly but a weekend alone is exactly what I want for Mother’s Day.

It’s no secret that this year has been tough. It’s been me and the boys for most of it. Just us. In Texas. Far from our family.

But we’ve made the best of it and spent a lot of time adventuring around. We’ve had beignets in New Orleans and then went back again to catch beads at Mardi Gras. We went home and spent some time at my favorite beach and then spent 4th of July at my parents’ house. We’ve hiked all of Central Texas, we jumped in Lake Charles when it was way to cold to be jumping in Lake Charles, we’ve had tacos in every city we’ve traveled through, and they even had their first Uber ride when the Jeep died on us once last summer.

It’s easily been the most fun year of my life but also the most difficult.

I have had many a nervous breakdowns when, for example, I’m an hour away for work and I get a call saying that somebody needs a change of clothes and if they don’t have it in 30 minutes, they have to notify so-and-so. I was full-on sobbing into the phone and the poor girl took pity on me and found clothes from around the school for my kid to wear. He looked like a mess but whatever.

Then there was that one time the MPs brought one of my kids home for throwing mud.

I’ve cried in the school counselor’s office more times than I can count on all my fingers and toes.

And we won’t even talk about how much I’ve spent on babysitters this year.

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Grilled Shrimp and Goat Cheese Pizza - easy grilled pizza on naan bread with homemade pesto, shrimp, tomatoes, and goat cheese!

This summer I’ve teamed up with Bertolli Olive Oil to remix two classic summer recipes. I spun the Bertolli Olive Oil bottle to see what classic summer recipes I got to recreate with my own spin and landed on a pizza and salsa.

As excited as I am for fall, I’m pretty sad to say goodbye to grilling and eating dinner outdoors and all that comes along with that. I had an amazing summer filled with delicious food and I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to my grill just yet.

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Light and delicious Spicy Orange Shrimp takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and will become a favorite in your house! Serve over rice for a quick, healthy meal!

Spicy Orange Shrimp - light and healthy dinner recipe! Takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Delicious on rice!

I’m going through this weird shrimp thing right now.

A couple weeks ago, I couldn’t stop thinking about coconut shrimp. I called every restaurant in the area to see if they had coconut shrimp.

Every. Restaurant.

No one had it. So I’ve officially gone through 5 boxes of frozen coconut shrimp since then.

I’m having shrimp for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What is happening.

Spicy Orange Shrimp - light and healthy dinner recipe! Takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Delicious on rice!

Fried coconut shrimp is not exactly the healthiest choice so I’m trying to switch over to something a little lighter, a little healthier.

And now I’m obsessed with this shrimp.

It’s just quickly stir-fried shrimp with a yummy sauce made with fresh orange juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger… all the good stuff! I serve it over boil-in-the-bag jasmine rice for a super quick (like, less than 15 minutes!) meal!

Delicious dinner idea: Spicy Orange Shrimp! Ready in about 15 minutes! Click To Tweet

Spicy Orange Shrimp - light and healthy dinner recipe! Takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Delicious on rice!

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Paleo Shrimp and Grits - a healthy and low carb way to enjoy shrimp and grits! You won't believe how delicious this is!

Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend has been fabulous.

The kids and the husband all have a 4-day and it’s been a relaxing and productive weekend. I’ve been without a lightbulb in the kitchen since at least October (my anxiety strikes at weird times) and husband finally had time to run to Home Depot and get it fixed. So hooray, I can Instagram my nightime baking now!

And today I have an exciting post! I’m giving away a copy of my new favorite cookbook (that I pre-ordered months ago and paid for both copies myself) from one of my favorite Paleo bloggers.

The Performance Paleo Cookbook by Stephanie Gaudreau!

I know, I know… more Paleo. I’m sorry. But guys, this cookbook is good for anyone who eats meat and veggies.

Which should be a good portion of you guys.

I’m obsessed with this cookbook. I knew it would be good but I had no idea it would be this good. Especially since I’m usually pretty “meh” over Paleo cookbooks. I mean, literally, they’re just meat and veggies.

Anyway, the first part of the book is all about when and how you should eat when you want to improve your workouts. It has sample meal plans and all the info you need. And then the remaining 200 pages are all recipes. All amazing recipes.

Those Almond Butter and Jelly Bites? From this book. I made the Blueberry Pork Patties for breakfast the other day and they were killer. I’m making the Coconut Water Electrolyte Drink ASAP. And this Paleo Shrimp and Grits came from the book, too!

Grits? Yeah, not Paleo at all. But these are made from cauliflower. Admittedly, you have to really like cauliflower to be into this sort of thing. My husband? Not into cauliflower. But I love it and would happily eat these grits for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The shrimp was delicious and it was all really easy to make which is always important to me.

So enter below for your chance to win a copy of The Performance Paleo Cookbook!

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Paleo Shrimp and Grits - a healthy and low carb way to enjoy shrimp and grits! You won't believe how delicious this is!

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If you follow me anywhere in the social media world, you know that I’m currently obsessed with all things spicy. I got this epic pizza on my birthday – it had bacon, ham, bbq sauce, pineapple, and loads and loads of jalapeños. Since then, I’ve been all about the jalapeños, the habanero sauce, the chile pepper chocolate bars – if it’s spicy, I want it.

I picked up my fave habanero sauce recently at Target. You have to go to the Mexican food section to find it so you know it’s good.

It’s the El Yucateco Hot Sauce. I love the red, I love the green, I have been putting both on everything from eggs to salads. And then I used it in these awesome Shrimp Po’Boys.

Po’Boys were in my top 5 list of things to do on our roadtrip back to Alabama but it was such a rushed trip and on the way home, stopping with all 3 kids by myself just seemed like too much work. So I never got one and I’ve been really craving a big shrimp po’boy ever since.

My fave place back home puts a sliced sandwich roll in the bottom of one of those styrofoam takeout containers and then fills the rest with fried shrimp or oysters. Like, you have 2 meals before you ever find the bread. My husband used to joke that he could buy me one Po’Boy on Friday night and he wouldn’t have to feed me again until Monday. So good, so ginormous, so Gulf Coast.

I used that as my inspiration for these guys but I wanted to add a spicy slaw to it, too. I’m telling you, I can’t get enough spice!

If you need more spicy inspiration, check out all the recipes El Yucateco has! #SauceOn!

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