Grilled Halibut & Southern Savory Grits


Grilled Halibut with Savory Southern Grits

It’s time for the second post in this little series I’m part of, and I’ve got a delightfully simple, southern meal to share with you! Along with several other amazing food bloggers, I am helping to launch the “30 Days of Family Health” program sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Kitchen PLAY! This series is focused on spreading the message that the best prevention for diabetes starts early in life, through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and developing good habits at a young age.

I had the pleasure of reviewing a pretty neat book called, Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, by Lara Rondinelli Hamilton, RD and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough. This book is neat in that it is set up month by month and week by week giving you a menu, shopping list, and recipes for each week. Simple to follow and great for those without time to do your planning…it does it all for you. You can purchase this book from the ADA website and right now through October 4th, 2013 you can get 25% off using the discount code: KITCHEN2013

On to the recipe! If you are looking for something you can get on the table quick, this is the recipe for you! This whole meal took about 20 minutes to prepare. Fish is a super healthy protein that most of us don’t get enough of that cooks in such a short time.

There are many types of fish that are good for you – and are sustainable. Halibut, Cod, and Pollock are all good choices {for health and sustainability}. They are also all mild, white fish. Just be sure to look for fish from the US. Tilapia isn’t as great. It is widely available and very mild {which is why so many people prefer it} and cheap. However, it doesn’t have much health benefit and has the health equivalence of a cheeseburger. There is also some noise about how they are fed being kind of sketchy – so your best bet is to avoid it if possible OR at the very least, choose tilapia farmed in the US. Just realize that there are healthier options {and most of us are trying to eat more fish for our health!}. To see the whole list of which fish/seafood are the best choices you can view Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch here.

Grilled Hallibut and Savory Southern Grits Recipe

Being from the south, grits make an appearance on my table quite a bit – usually on Saturday or Sunday mornings. But, it is also a lovely side dish for dinner, especially with fish. My mama says she grew up eating fish and grits, and she used to make it for us. We usually eat fish with grits along with some hot peas. But, one difference in our breakfast grits and in our dinner grits are that we sometimes sneak in a bit of cheddar cheese to make them a bit more decadent. :)   This recipe is from the Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking Cookbook too, but they recommend using low fat cheese.  So, of course that means the nutritional information will be a bit different using whole fat, raw cheddar cheese from grass fed cows.

In this recipe I will share how to cook them in water, but it is also delicious to make them replacing the water with chicken stock or half water and half chicken stock to boost the flavor.

Don’t forget the salt! Grits are like pasta or dried beans…you must add salt BEFORE you cook them, it is hard to get them flavored right after the fact.

And finally, since grits are from corn I look for an organic variety. You might see grits called polenta – but they are relatively the same and you can use either. For the record, polenta tends to be a little bit more finely ground than grits…and they are also delicious and creamy! :)

 Dont’ forget to enter the contest to win FREE books and giftcards!!

The ADA is hosting a fabulous giveaway on the Kitchen PLAY Facebook page in conjunction with #30DaysofFamilyHealth. Five winners will receive their choice of three of the five cookbooks involved in the series plus a $50 Visa gift card. In addition, this is a fun puzzle promo, where both the ADA and KP pages must be “liked” to reveal the prizes.

This is a sponsored post. I received a copy of this book and compensation to write this post. As always these are my honest opinions. :)

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