Savory Grits

We love oatmeal just as much as the next person, but it’s always good to spice things up a bit! What better way to do so than with some Savory Grits? This dish is definitely a strong contender for your weekend breakfasts, or even the nights when you feel like having breakfast for dinner! Another thing this dish was perfect for? Getting us through that tough puree phase! Sometimes, gelatins and puddings just aren’t enough! Finding this recipe definitely made that last phase of the post-op diet that much easier. The satisfying texture of the grits, and the robust flavor profile from the herbs made our taste buds do a little dance with every bite. And just in case we were unsure about keeping this dish around after puree phase, we couldn’t help but notice that there wasn’t a single protest from anyone who had a bite! We call that a recipe win! Our go-to recipe list seems to get longer and longer! 

For this recipe, we used about a 1 tsp each of salt and pepper, but feel free to use less or more depending on what satisfies your palette and your heart health! But don’t get too excited with the saltshaker – remember that the parmesan adds quite a bit of satisfying saltiness, so feel free to even save the salt for last! That way you can slowly add salt to the dish without accidentally over-salting to the point of no return!

For our friends who loves some heat, you can also add cayenne to add some spice to the grits! We found the garlic, thyme, sage and pepper to have all the flavor we needed, but you can’t go wrong with extra heat!

This recipe is incredible versatile and satisfying for the entire family, whether they’re bariatric patients or not! Feel free to serve this up with a side of turkey bacon or egg whites once you’ve moved out of the puree phase! Or, turn it into an easy dinner meal and prep some garlic herb shrimp to go with it! How else will you serve up this delicious dish? Tag us and tell us!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • ¾ cup grits
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 4 tsp fresh chopped sage
  • 2 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 4 tbs parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • (optional) 1 scoop of unflavored protein powder

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil and add salt, pepper, thyme, sage and garlic.
  2. Slowly add in grits and reduce to simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or until grits have absorbed all the water.
  3. Mix in parmesan cheese and olive oil.
  4. Add extra salt or pepper as needed.
  5. Enjoy!

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