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

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

Sodium
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.

Chipotle Peppers

Chipotles are actually jalapeno chilies that have been smoked and dried. The intense flavor is spicy and has lovely undertones of smoke, chocolate and sweet peppers. If the peppers are not going to cook for very long, I will often soften them by steaming for about ten minutes.

Usually found in specialty markets (and more often now in your corner grocery store), dried chipotles are also sold packed in cans in adobo which is a spicy sauce made of vinegar, dried chili peppers, herbs and spices.


 

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

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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