Date: February 7, 2017

Chabalita

Ingredients

Grits (The Stunning White Bird)

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 small diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup ‘5 minute grits’
  • 4.5 cup water 
  • 1 tablespoon tomato bouillon 
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  •  Kosher Salt (optional)

Shrimp (The Beautiful Butterfly)

  • 1 pound of skinless/tail-less shrimp
  • 4-6 tablespoons Chefism ® Twisted Border or any taco seasoning
  • Sliced tri color bell peppers 
  • Sliced red onion 
  • 1-2 garlic cloves 
  • 1 jalapeño 
  • 1-2 sticks of unsalted butter 
  • 2-3 drops of lemon juice 
  • Chopped cilantro (optional garnish) 
  • Kosher Salt (optional)
  • Seasoned black pepper (optional)

 Preparation

Grits 

  1. In a medium sauce pan, sauté your diced onions and grits with 2 tablespoons of butter and oil. Sauté on medium heat until your onions have a light crisp and are transparent.
  2. Reduce temperature to low and whisk in 4.5 cups of water. The key to smooth girls is to add the warm water while whisking at the same time.
  3. Add tomato bouillon. Take a moment to enjoy the amazing aromas you created. Be sure to whisk occasionally every few minutes.
  4. While your grits are being prepared (11-13 minutes) use an additional skillet and set the temperature to medium. Put a small amount of oil into the pan.
  5. Return to the grits. Add a 1/2 cup of sharp cheese and a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
  6. Taste and adjust the flavors per your liking.

Shrimp

  1. After your skillet is piping hot, add all the veggies: bells, onion, garlic, jalapeño. Sauté for 5 minutes
  2. Add shrimp and Chefism ® Twisted Border. Give the pot a shuffle.
  3. Add butter and lemon juice with NO seeds.
  4. Adjust seasoning to your desired taste and throw in some cilantro for additional flavor.

Chefism Bonus: This dish is great when paired with Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Salsa Roasted Verde. Sprinkle a generous amount across your ‘Chabalita.’

 


Twas the night of the living dead. The one night of the year when all of the the rotten fruits and veggies come back to taunt all those living in the ‘light.’ On this day was birthed a special child named Chabalita, born from a rotten seed. Chabalita a veggie, had piercing bright yellow eyes like the Sun, but because of her difference she was an outcast. One night Chabalita prayed very hard, “I don’t want to be rotten anymore, I promise if you give me wings I will not taunt anymore fruits and veggies.” The next morning, Chabalita felt much lighter. Her prayer had come true. Chabalita loved her beautiful wings and could not wait to explore. Over the years those very wings grew into glorious bird like wings. Chabalita was happy and no longer felt like an outcast.

One stormy night Chabalita had to take cover; she did not want to damage her wings. She took cover in a beautiful oak tree that belonged to One. One, a stunning white bird who’s mosaic like wings, tattered and torn caught the eye of Chabalita. One’s wings were broken and bent into small pieces. The pieces of her wings felt grainy and thin. Chabalita knew very well what it felt like to be different and over time grew very fond of One.

A year had passed, and another storm was upon them. The two flying souls tried to find shelter but the turbulence was too much to bare. Chabalita’s wings were disappearing and her eyes began to dim. By the end of the storm Chabalita was wingless and was convinced she was rotten once more. Suddenly, Chabalita heard a familiar voice; it was her mother. “ You did not deserve those wings, so I prayed that they would be removed, you are my seed and spoiled you will always be.” Once a rotten and sad veggie, Chabalita was no more! “ I am not who you think I am; my heart is beautiful and I choose to not be rotten – go away and let me fly!” Without her wings Chabalita had grown courage in its place. Learning hard shelled or rotten – beauty truly comes from within.

 

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