These Vegan Green Grits are inspired by the wonderfully vegan-friendly Sevananda Natural Foods Market Co-op in Atlanta, where they dub their spirulina hued grits ‘Martian Cheeze Grits’. With just a dash of spirulina you can give your grits a pleasant earthiness and a unique color. Spirulina can be nutritious and, in moderation, delicious. Get a bit heavy handed with the spirulina though and it can easily overpower a dish. At Sevananda we love pairing their green grits with freshly prepared biscuits and ‘soysage’. At home we often enjoy these Vegan Green Grits with home-fries, mushrooms, greens or any variety of vegan breakfast proteins.
Our Vegan Green Grits recipe is incredibly simple and satisfying. The resulting grits are thick and creamy; with a distinctly rich, savory and earthy flavor. For the best results, grits should be cooked on low and stirred regularly to avoid sticking or clumping. We love the heartiness, simplicity and versatility of this dish as a base for any variety of foods – day or night.
Vegan Green Grits
Yield: 2-3 servings
Combine the water, broth and butter in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Once at a boil, add the grits, white pepper, garlic powder and salt and reduce heat to low. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the grits begin to thicken and stick to your whisk.
Add the spirulina and nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently and vigorously, for another 5-7 minutes until the grits are thick and creamy. Remove from the heat and serve when it reaches your desired consistency.
Advance preparation: This comforting and hearty dish is best enjoyed immediately after preparation.