Dinner Recipes

Cheesey Grits & Cajun Shrimp

The Key to Cajun: Paprika

Paprika is a staple ingredient in a Cajun spice profile!  It is ground spice made from a variety of different peppers.  It originates from good ol’ Mexico!  Paprika is part of the Capsicum annuum pepper plant family.  The active ingredient capsaicin is what aides in all its amazing benefits.  Paprika contains capsanthin (antioxidant), capsaicin, carotenoids, extremely high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and lutein.


Top 5 Health Benefits of Paprika


  1. Anti-inflammatory
    1. 1 Tablespoon of paprika contains over 3,500 IU’s of Vitamin A!  Vitamin A is known for its antioxidant properties as well which help aide in the reduction of inflammation.
  2. Antioxidant
    1. Carotenoids are antioxidants.  They are fat soluble and are most bioavailable when ingested with other healthy fats (butter, animal fats, cheese, avocado, etc.).  Lutein is also an antioxidant that is very important for your eye health.
  3. Helps regulate blood sugars
    1. Capsaicin has been shown to help lower high blood sugars and prevent insulin resistance.
  4. Fights autoimmune diseases
    1. Capsaicin can help inhibit the development and growth of autoimmune diseases.
  5. Anticancer
    1. Capsaicin is a bioactive phytochemical that helps alter the expression of several genes involved in cancer cell survival and cancer cell growth.


Cheesey Grits & Cajun Shrimp

Serves: 2-3 people



  1. Boil water and Half & Half over the stove then add grits and let simmer
  2. Stir periodically to ensure grits does not burn
  3. Grate cheese
  4. Stir in cheese, turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, and black pepper into grits mixture
  5. Reduce heat, stir grits, and set aside
  6. Shrimp:
  7. Clean shrimp, remove tails, etc
  8. Dice red bell pepper
  9. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and add diced bell pepper
  10. Combine remaining garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, crushed red pepper, cayenne, and salt
  11. Toss shrimp in spice mixture and saute until cooked through
  12. Plate your dish:
  13. Place shrimp and pepper on top of grits
  14. Top with chopped green onion if desired
  15. Bon appetite!



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