Savory Herb Southern Grits w/ Arugula Lime Pesto, Heirloom Tomatoes + Northern Beans
Difficulty: 3/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest
Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2-4 (depending on how hungry you are)
The Challenge: Southern Grits
I live in Atlanta. I'm not originally from the South, but I do love Southern food. Most people think of meat, butter, bbq, shrimp, cookouts, etc. when they think Southern food. It isn't exactly a vegan's paradise. But the reality is all the Southern foods that are plant-based are super tasty, and the ones that aren't I plan to make vegan. Like today...we're tackling GRITS.
Grits are a delicious breakfast item typically made of white or yellow stone-ground corn with a combination of cream, broth, and some spices. Typically, in the south, they'll throw in some meat fat or meat broth.
Today, we are going to make some vegan grits. To kick them up a bunch of notches, we are going to cook them with savory spices and pair it with some absolutely dynamite toppings: pesto, beans, more corn, and heirloom tomatoes. This is a perfect breakfast treat (or anytime treat).
Here are the keys to making great grits:
1. Put your spices in with the broth for cooking. The corn will absorb the flavor and make it wayyy better.
2. Get ready to whisk. I whisk mine for the first five minutes straight without stopping, releasing all the starchy goodness.
3. Don't use cream. Broth and some unsweetened non-dairy
Let's get to it HELL YA.
Lime Arugula Pesto
1/2 cup arugula
1/2 cup basil
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup pepita
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tbl olive oil
1/2 lime juiced
salt + pepper
10-15 Grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup White beans, cooked, drained + washed
1 corn on cob, kernels off
Southern Corn Grits
1/2 cup grits
1.5 cup vegetable broth
1.5 cup non-dairy milk unsweetened (prefer rice or soy)
1 tsp salt
2 tbl vegan butter
1/4 tsp sumac
1/4 tsp savory
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1 - 2 tbl of nutritional yeast
Equipment You'll Need:
Food Processor . Medium Sauce Pan . Cutting Board . Medium Chopping Knife . Strainer . Serving Dishes . Whisk
Before You Cook:
- Wash and chop/prepare all vegetables
- Open your can of beans