Nourishing Jalapeno Garlic Cheesy Grits

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Jul. 24, 2013

The term "grits" is derived from the Old English word "grytt," which means a 'coarse meal'. It defines the true nature of this very wholesome ingredient that has been used down the ages in preparing corn-based porridge - a staple Native-American breakfast that provides strength and energy to carry on the activities for the day.


Skimmed milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Quick cooking hominy grits 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Reduced fat low sodium cheese 6 Ounce , shredded (Cheddar cheese)
Green onions and green tops 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , sliced
Jalapeno chile peppers 2 Tablespoon , chopped finely
Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm) , minced
Fresh herbs 1 Tablespoon , chopped finely
Egg whites 2 , slightly beaten
Unsalted butter/Margarine 1 Teaspoon
Paprika 1/2 Teaspoon
Roasted pine nuts 1 Tablespoon , crushed



1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Grease the casserole and keep ready.


3. In the saucepan, combine together the milk, water, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Gradually add grits, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thick.

4. Stir in jalapeno, garlic, herb, cheese and onions.

5. Stir 1 cup of the hot mixture into the slightly beaten egg whites; then stir this back into remaining hot mixture in saucepan.

6. Pour the hot mixture into greased casserole. Dot with butter; sprinkle with paprika.

7. Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes.


8. Serve hot topped with crushed pine nuts for added crunch.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 161Calories from Fat 31

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 4 g6.2%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 150 mg6.25%

Total Carbohydrates 26 g8.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 4 g

Protein 8 g16%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet