Quarantine has led us to become quite the at home brunchers. As much as I miss my $1 mimosas on a local porch, these at home brunch hacks are a really close second. The easy shrimp and grits recipe is better than most I’ve had in Chattanooga and is just a few simple steps! Make the most of your weekend with these easy, delicious At Home Brunch Hacks.
I keep breakfast pretty simple during the week but when RJ is home on the weekends, I like to treat us to a little at home brunch. While we did a large spread some days, most of these are pretty simple and absolutely delicious! I hope you’ll check out these three fun ideas and try them this weekend!
EASY SHRIMP AND GRITS
I am so proud of this recipe. Usually when I’m creating something new for us (and you guys), I have to make it a couple of times to nail down the measurements, write it all out, photograph it, etc. This time, I did all this on the first go around and I’m so glad I did because I could not wait to share!
Easy Shrimp and Grits
- 4 pieces Bacon
- 8 oz Frozen Shrimp
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 tbsp Parsley
- 1/2 tbsp Paprika
- 1/2 tbsp Cumin
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
- Juice of Half a Lemon
- 4 packs Instant Grits
- 2 tbsp Cream Cheese
- Handful of Shredded Cheese as much as you prefer
- Chop bacon and bell pepper to small, diced pieces
- Thaw and remove tails of shrimp (if needed)
- In a skillet, over medium heat, add olive oil, bell pepper and bacon
- Saute until bacon is almost cooked (about 5 minutes)
- Add in shrimp, paprika, cumin, parsley, garlic and salt + pepper.
- Saute until shrimp is fully cooked, about 10 more minutes
- Add in chicken broth and lemon juice, bring to a simmer
- Let simmer for about 5 more minutes
- While shrimp mixture is simmering, boil water for instant grits (according to package + a little extra)
- In a large bowl, add all grits packets + cream cheese. I do 1/2 tbsp of cream cheese per instant grits package
- Once water is boiling, add a little at a time to grits, stirring to combine.
- Add in shredded cheese + more water. Continue this combination until you have your desired grit consistency & cheesiness. If it's too thick and cheesy, more water will help.
- Add grits to individual bowls and spoon in shrimp mixture + sauce. Enjoy!
This recipe is so easy! It seems like quite a few steps, but it truly is simple. I even make these easy instant grits during the week and they are delicious. The cream cheese adds creaminess without needing a ton of steps for classic grits. I cannot wait to make these easy shrimp and grits again, we ate the whole thing for dinner the other night!
ONE STEP CINNAMON ROLL WAFFLES
If you have a waffle iron and a can of Cinnamon Rolls, you basically have brunch ready to go! Cinnamon Rolls are one of my favorite foods ever and with this quick, easy at home brunch hack you can have a meal in about 5 minutes!
All you do –
- Spray Waffle Iron with Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- Place a Cinnamon Roll on each section (If your waffle maker is divided into fours, you can make four at a time)
- Close and let sit a few minutes
- Repeat until all are cooked, top with icing and enjoy!
So easy and delicious, plus it’s always a fun way to mix up a breakfast classic. I remember making these when RJ and I weren’t married yet and he was so impressed. I truly think I found the way to his heart through his stomach.
CRUSTLESS QUICHE – EASY, MICROWAVABLE, KETO APPROVED
I couldn’t leave you hanging without a healthy option! This crustless quiche is surprisingly one of my favorite breakfasts, even though I hate eggs! I don’t know why I like this so much but it is so delicious. It’s the perfect, easy base and you can add any mix-ins you’d like. A few of my favorite combos: spinach, feta + cherry tomatoes, broccoli + cheese, and sausage + cheese.
Which of these at home brunch hacks will you try first? We have been loving having shrimp in the freezer, tonight we’re using it for shrimp tacos! XO