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I strive, but fall short (often), to feed my family a healthy mostly organic meal at least 5 days per week.  Typically I purchase all organic meat and dairy and try to follow the dirty dozen for purchasing vegetables (https://twintestedmotherapproved.com/health-corner/). Recently I decided to do a 30-day meat detox.  I did not find this anywhere nor did I follow some trend or current report but I did it to see how my body, mind, and energy level would react after this period.  In addition, I wanted to see how difficult it would be.  I must disclose that I continued to eat seafood.  Many people would say, well that’s meat; it’s not (google it).  It was not difficult at all to give it up.  In fact it was really easy to cook non-meat meals at home as well as dining out.  Now for my family; that was a split.  Aniyah was perfectly fine with eating seafood and vegetables.  Garth and Amirah, they were much more difficult on the sale.  In fact, he was supposed to go on this journey with me, his not was so successful. I asked him to try it again, he said okay.  Then he said in December I am going to try this keto thing. I’m like hunh? So again he’s not trying, but I can’t win them all.

On the 35th day I celebrated with one of our family’s favorite, Shrimp & Grits with Sausage and Peppers.  It was delicious as always but I ended up giving the majority of my sausage to the girls. Since then, I’ve had meat once, I am on day 49.  A few days ago we watched this documentary about meat and dairy; I’ll just leave it at that fact that buying organic isn’t good enough because the grass, food, etc. that the livestock and poultry eat isn’t organic, it’s treated with pesticides, fertilizers, being genetically modified, etc. Thus medical professionals and researches are suggesting these are the reasons for the influx cancer and other illnesses. Farm raised doesn’t seem to be as safe as it claims to be anymore.  At this time, if you must, wild caught seems to be best but there’s always pollution.  I am slowly embracing the vegetarian life.  As promised I am posting my Shrimp and Grits recipe can be made with or without the chicken sausage.


Shrimp and Grits with Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage and Peppers


1 lb. of large shrimp, peeled, deveined

1 pkg. Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage, sliced 1/2 inch

1 tbsp. creole seasoning or seasoning salt

1 tbsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. creole seasoning

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1/4 stick of butter for grits

1 jalapeno, diced & seeded

1 bell pepper, julienne

1 small red onion, julienne

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 c. grits

2 c. low sodium chicken stock for the grits(vegetable stock if omitting the sausage)

1 c. 2%milk

1 c. low sodium chicken broth or stock for shrimp

1 tbs. butter

1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese



In a large pot bring 2 cups of stock to boil add seasonings.

Slowly stir in grits while whisking nonstop for about two minutes. add butter

Reduce heat to low and cook grits, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Add Milk and ¼ stick of butter, continue to stir. Cook the grits slow and low so they become creamy.  Add extra broth if needed.

To prepare the shrimp, peel and clean. Season the shrimp with creole spices, garlic powder and pepper.

In a large saute pan add butter, over medium high heat, add all the vegetables except garlic and saute for 5 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute more.(set aside some of the chopped jalapenos for toppings).

Add the chicken sausage and saute about 10 minutes until browned. Add shrimp and cook

about 3-4 minutes are until no longer pink. Add chicken broth and cook for 3 minutes. Add the cheese to the grits and whisk well (add more broth if needed).


Spoon grits on to the plate, top with shrimp, sausage and pepper mixture then spoon some of the sauce around the side.  Feel free to serve along side a slice of french bread.



University of Michigan Alumni. Master’s in Business Administration and Health Care Management. Currently working on a Doctoral Degree in Health Administration. Samira is happily married, living in Texas with her husband and two beautiful twin daughters.

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