A few weeks ago, I stopped by a vegan café in Atlanta and tried their vegan savory grits. Let’s just say that as a Nigerian, I need flavor in my life. So, I’d figured I could whip up my own creamy, flavorful version! This recipe is super easy to follow and very beginner-friendly!
I get a lot of questions regarding how I whip up vegan meals when they look so intimidating to cook. Well, here’s a new blogging series for you! I’ll be sharing easy, beginner-friendly vegan meals that are quick to whip up.
Although the café used vegan cheese, I opted for a more healthy and more healthful alternative, nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast adds a great-tasting cheesy flavor to my meals when added. First, choose your veggies to chop up….I diced up mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and spinach. Then I threw them in a saucepan (skillet is fine too), and seasoned them up! Second, cook up your grits and you’re all done!
See? So easy! These vegan savory grits took less than 10 minutes to prepare.
For the grits
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned grits
- 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp vegan butter optional
For the vegetables
- 1 cup spinach chopped and sliced
- 1/2 cup mushrooms chopped
- 1/2 cup red bell peppers diced
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1 tsp Tony Chacere's Creole seasoning
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp white or black pepper
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet on medium-low heat. Add chopped mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and spinach. Season vegetables with Tony Chachere's creole seasoning, smoked, garlic and onion powder. Vegetables are done when the spinach is wilted and onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Season to taste. Turn off heat and set aside.
Slowly stir grits with nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and salt to a brisk boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low. Whisky occasionally to avoid any lumps. Cook grits for 5-7 minutes until they have thickened. Stir in vegan butter if desired.
Assemble your grits by spooning cooked grits into a bowl, then topping the grits with your vegetables and sliced avocado. Serve hot and enjoy!