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Savory Southern Breakfast Grits

Yields1 ServingPrep Time20 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time50 mins

Wake up to a savory breakfast or enjoy this bowl as a nutrient-dense breakfast-for-dinner. Creamy polenta provides for a filling base while crispy seasoned tempeh, melty non-dairy cheese, and spicy salsa provide protein, micronutrients, and plenty of flavor. If you are enjoying this for dinner, add some steamed greens for additional satiating fiber and micronutrients.

 ½ cup uncooked white or yellow grits
 2 cups filtered water
 ½ cup non-dairy milk of choice (almond, hemp, soy or oat)
 1 ½ tsp lemon juice
 ½ tsp sea salt
 2 tsp non-dairy butter (such as Miyoko’s or Earth Balance)
 ¼ cup non-dairy cheese shreds (optional; cheddar or pepper jack flavor from So Delicious or Follow Your Heart brand)
 6 strips smoky tempeh bacon (such as Lightlife brand)
 1 tsp coconut or olive oil (or coconut/olive oil spray)
 2 tbsp canned green chiles
 ¼ cup pico de gallo or salsa

To make the buttermilk: in a small mixing bowl, add 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice to ½ cup non-dairy milk, whisk vigorously and set aside.


Heat coconut oil in a medium saute pan on medium low heat. Add tempeh bacon strips and cook for 3 minutes on each side until crispy. Remove from heat and cut strips into ½ pieces. Set aside.


Bring 2 cups of water, ½ cup buttermilk and sea salt to a boil over medium heat. Stir in grits, return to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until creamy and thick, about 25-30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in buttermilk and butter.


To assemble the Savory Breakfast Grits: in a small serving bowl, add a generous amount of grits and top with dairy-free cheese shreds, tempeh bacon, green chiles and pico de gallo.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.7g12%

Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 390mg17%
Potassium 301mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 38g13%

Dietary Fiber 1.1g5%
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 12.4g25%

Calcium 5%
Iron 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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