Breakfast for Those Who Can’t Eat Breakfast

I was faced with a dilemma a couple of weeks ago. My parents wanted to come stay at my bed and breakfast for their anniversary. My dad was going to surprise my mom with the night away. However, the more I thought about it, the more I had no idea what I would cook my mom for breakfast. What do you cook for someone, for breakfast, that can’t eat, eggs, dairy, or any grains. All my normal breakfast ideas weren’t executable. I thought about what my mom likes to eat for breakfast and went from there! Here is a classic southern recipe that you could make for brunch or breakfast!

( See my post: Lets talk about… the Auto Immune Protocol Diet and My Recipe Formats, for information on the AIP diet and my ADDENDUMS)

Shrimp and “Grits”

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

Cauliflower Grits:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 t Onion Powder
  • 1/4 t Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 t Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 t pepper- to taste
  •  2 T bacon grease
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  1. Wash and trim your cauliflower head, and cut into bite size pieces. Take half of these pieces and pulse them in a food processor until “grit sized” but big enough to have texture.
  2. Melt your bacon grease in a 6 quart sauce pan and toast your spices until aromatic.

ADDENDUM: If your doctor has cleared you to eat limited spices including nightshades I would include 1/4 t of the following: smoked paprika, chili powder, old bay.

  1. Add you’re cauliflower and toast until slightly caramelized, you’re just trying to add a deeper flavor.
  2. Add the coconut milk and simmer while you cook your shrimp and prosciutto.

Shrimp and Prosciutto:

  • 1.5 lbs of shrimp with the shell on, but deveined
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  •  1/4 C dry white wine, vermouth, or sherry
  • 1 and 1/2 C fish stock
  • 2 T of tapioca starch
  • 6 slices of prosciutto
  • salt – to taste
  • pepper – to taste
  • 1/4 t Onion Powder
  • 1/4 t Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 t Garlic Powder
  •  2 T bourbon
  1. In a medium sauce pan heat a tablespoon of your preferred oil, I use grape seed.
  2.  Toast your shrimp shells until pink and fragrant, add your shallots and garlic and sauté until softened.
  3. Deglaze with the alcohol of your choice, and scrape up all of the fond of the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the fish stock and let it simmer until reduced by half.
  5. Strain out the fortified stock with a fine mesh sieve and return to the original pot.
  6.  The trick here is to keep reducing the stock until the shrimp flavor does not intensify anymore, maybe a third more reduced.
  7. Make a slurry with the tapioca and add to the stock, let it simmer until thickened like a gravy
  8. You can add an optional splash of coconut milk to make it creamy if you’d like.
  9. For the prosciutto, preheat the oven to 400*.
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the slices of prosciutto far enough apart so they won’t bake and stick together.
  11. Bake them until crisp like a cracker, about 5 minutes.
  12. For the shrimp; Heat a tablespoon of bacon grease in a preheated cast iron skillet. add the shrimp in a single layer and sprinkle with seasonings. SEE ADDENDUM ABOVE. Wait until the shrimp is fully cooked, seared, and crispy on one side before flipping to the other. Only flip the shrimp once.
  13. Deglaze with bourbon and FLMABE!

Bring it all Together!

Plate by starting with a pile of “grits”, and make a well in the center of them. In the well, spoon a ladle of gravy. Pile the shrimp on top of the gravy, and top with a prosciutto crisp sticking up out of the “grits”. Garnish with a little chopped fresh chives!

Comment down below if there are any other favorites that you would like me to convert to AIP!

XOXO, Mangia!

About Hashimoto’s Symptoms

Dear Reader,

When battling Hashimoto’s, most of the information you read about symptoms are dealing with strictly Hypothyroidism symptoms.  However, because it is an autoimmune disease and not just a Hypothyroidism disease, you can experience both Hyper and Hypo symptoms depending on what stage you are at. When your body is initially attacking your thyroid, a lot of thyroid hormones that are stored can be released. This causes an influx of stimulating hormones, which makes your body over work itself and exhibit Hyperthyroidism symptoms. Over time, your thyroid can become deadened from being attacked by the antibodies. It won’t be able to produce enough hormones, and the stored up supply has been depleted by the Hyperthyroidism. Even when most of these symptoms are under control by your treatment regimen, you can still have flare-ups. Flare-ups can be caused by stress, eating something that can trigger the antibodies, being sick, not listening to your body telling you to rest, not maintaining self-care, or not maintaining your supplement regimen. The most important thing is to listen to your body. If you’re feeling stressed, make more of an effort to relax. If you are starting to feel fatigued, don’t exercise and don’t over do it. Take a nap, go to bed early, take a day off from work. Maintaining your bodies peak efficiency with your disease should now be your number one priority. Hashimoto’s doesn’t have a cure, but we can enter remission if we become in tune with our bodies, trust our specialist, and think positively.

I am adding an extra column so that you can check off the symptoms you are experiencing, as well as tally up what kind of symptoms at the end. Knowing which kind of symptoms you favor can help identify what stage of the disease you’re in.

Symptom Category Are You Experiencing this Symptom?
Fatigue Both
Mental Fog/ Unable to Concentrate Both
Memory Loss/ Forgetfulness Hypo
Sensitivity to Cold Hypo
Sensitivity to Heat Hyper
Sudden Increase in Weight Hypo
Extreme Weight Loss Hyper
Resistance to Weight Loss with Diet and Exercise Hypo
Feeling More Fatigued After Working Out, Instead of Energized Both
Low Libido Both
Constipation Hypo
Diarrhea Hyper
Bloating Both
Depression Hypo
Irritability Hyper
Anxiety Hyper
Dry Brittle Hair Hypo
Hair Loss Hyper
Peeling and Brittle Nails Both
Dry Skin Both
Puffy Face/ Inflammation Both
Goiter on the Thyroid Both
Infertility Hyper
Heavy Periods/ Irregularity Hypo
Light periods/ Irregularity Hyper
Rapid Heartbeat Hyper
Slow heartbeat Hypo
Irregular heartbeat/ PVCs Both
Muscle weakness Hyper
Muscle stiffness Hypo
Moving Joint and Muscle pain Hypo
Total Symptoms Hypo:                     Hyper:             Both:

Thank you for reading, and I hope that this list, and “worksheet”, can help you identify your symptoms. If you have many of these, take them to your doctor and have them run a blood test for TPO levels! If you are already diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, let me know in the comments what symptom(s) you struggle with the most. Also, what have you identified that can trigger a flare-up, and how do you manage them? As always, if you have experienced any symptoms that I may have missed, let me know! I will add them to the list!

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress