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Cheesy Cauliflower Grits with Fried Egg

Posted by 2eatwellRD
October 17, 2016
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These Cheesy Cauliflower Grits are a delicious remake of a classic Southern favorite.

These Cheesy Cauliflower Grits are a delicious remake of a classic Southern favorite.

by Danielle Omar, MS, RD  

I love finding ways to sneak vegetables into breakfast. Usually spinach and mushrooms make the cut, but rarely am I able to sneak cauliflower into my first meal. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy eating roasted cauliflower straight from the oven, but that’s a little much for the wee hours of morning.

Cauliflower has always been my favorite vegetable. I love discovering new ways to create delicious dishes using it. I even heard somewhere that cauliflower flower is the new kale of 2017, but I guess that remains to be seen. 

These Cheesy Cauliflower Grits with Fried Egg is a great way to use up that cauliflower rice. I’ve been buying it frozen from Trader Joe’s, but I also make it fresh.


These Cheesy Cauliflower Grits are a delicious remake of a classic Southern favorite.

Now I've never been much of a grits girl and to be honest, I'm not even sure how they're supposed to taste. So if you’re looking for authentic grits, consider yourself fairly warned…this is not real grits. What it is though, is warm and cheesy flavor grit-like cauliflower rice piled high beneath a fried egg. I’d say it’s pretty delicious. It’s also waaaay healthier than grits, so there’s that, too.  

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits are super easy to make. As I mentioned, you can use frozen cauliflower or make it fresh. I created my rice in the food processor, added some grated cheddar and Parmesan cheese and stuck it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I could have just eaten it straight from the bowl as it was, but that fried egg just made it all the more satisfying.

You could probably get a lot more fancy with your grits…maybe add some butter, maple syrup, or whatever else folks who eat grits would add. Go ahead and make it your own!

These Cheesy Cauliflower Grits are a delicious remake of a classic Southern favorite.

Cheesy cauliflower grits are a delicious remake of a classic Southern favorite. via @2eatwellRD for @heathyapeture
These Cheesy Cauliflower Grits are a delicious remake of a classic Southern favorite.

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits with Fried Egg & Salsa

Yield

1

Ingredients

  • 1cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Cabot cheddar cheese, shredded
  • pinch sea salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, fried
  • 2 Tbsp salsa, for topping

Directions

  1. Place cauliflower florets in food processor and process into rice (or defrost 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice)
  2. Place rice into small bowl. Add cheese.
  3. Microwave for about 45 seconds or until cheese is just melted. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir and set aside.
  5. Fry up an egg to your liking.
  6. Serve egg on cauliflower rice.
Click for nutritional information
Calories 170
Carbohydrates 7g
Fiber 4g
Sugar 4g
Fat 10g
Protein 15g
Sodium 643mg
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2eatwellRD

2eatwellRD
Danielle Omar is the author of the INSPIRED VEGETARIAN Feature on HealthyAperture and is a Registered Dietitian, clean-eating coach, cookbook author, and raw foodie wannabe. She is a passionate food and nutrition educator and founded her private nutrition practice to support busy men and women on their journey to becoming their healthiest self. An avid cook, she also enjoys sharing plant-based recipes and nutrition strategies on her Food Confidence blog. She is the author of Skinny Juices, 100 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight loss. Danielle’s expert nutrition advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fitness, Shape, and Women’s Health magazine, as well as national television, including The Food Network and NBC Primetime.
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