Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check for modified food starch in pre-shredded cheese.


"There ain't no such thing as wrong food."
-Sean Stewart, Novelist

The refrigerator light goes on...

I love grits and I love spicy food. This is a great combination, especially with the corn, which adds a great sweet and savory flavor.


Spicy Grits

Servings: 2 | Serving size: about 1 cup

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

1 tsp olive oil
1 large shallot (minced)
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/3 cup coarse ground cornmeal (aka polenta or grits)
2 cups water
1/8 tsp salt
1 small jalapeno pepper or chipotle (minced)
1 ounce reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)

Place the oil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the shallot and cook for about 1 minute. Add the corn and cook, tossing frequently, for about 5 minutes until the kernels begin to brown.

Add the cornmeal, water, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When the grits are done, add the cheese and stir well until melted. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 cup

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 192 Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 10%
    Saturated Fat 2g 12%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
    Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 11% Iron 8%
Vitamin K 3 mcg Potassium 282 mg
Magnesium 58 mg