Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Favorite Gluten Free Breakfast -- A Grits Bowl

** Please be aware that NOT all grits available on the market are gluten free. Many can contain gluten due to cross contamination while processing. It can also depend on how sensitive the individual is to cross contamination of gluten. Bob's Red Mill produces a certified gluten free grits product that is absolutely wonderful.

A Grits Bowl. Sounds pretty fancy doesn't it.

Okay, so it doesn't.

And it's not.

It's simple. Yummy. Naturally gluten free goodness at it's best.

Michael and I usually make this yummy breakfast on Saturday mornings, or even on a weeknight if we don't have anything planned and need something quick for dinner.

While it isn't exactly brimming over with good nutrition, it's still a hearty, pleasing dish with healthy proteins and B vitamins!

I've even thought of adding cooked spinach to this wonderful bowl after reading Sally's post about adding greens to breakfast, but I'm not sure Michael will go for that... yet. Give him time, he's still learning to like greens!

I love this gluten free breakfast because it is fast, easy, and super yummy comfort food. I also like this one-dish meal because Michael doesn't mind making it on his own if I'm not home, or we are super busy and happen to have different eating schedules! I think this would be a great dish for older kids to make since the primary cooking tool is the microwave.

Be creative, add what you like. If you don't like turkey bacon, add sausage, etc... Grape tomatoes might be a yummy addition too! It's up to you! Have fun!

Grits Bowl Breakfast
(1 serving per recipe)

1/4 cup quick cooking grits
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon heart healthy margarine (I use Smart Balance)
2 slices lean turkey bacon
1 egg
2-3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
salt/pepper to taste

In a medium sized glass or microwave safe bowl (with high sides) heat quick cooking grits and water for 3-4 minutes. Grits should be thick, but moist. Should have the consistency of a thick hot cereal. Stir in margarine. Add milk or water if grits are too thick. Cook for an additional minute or two if grits are too thin for your liking. Cook turkey bacon, wrapped in a paper towel, in the microwave for 1-2 minutes per slice, until well cooked and crispy. Crumble cooked turkey bacon and sprinkle over grits. Scramble egg either in a pan on the stove, or in the microwave. Add scrambled eggs on top of crumbled bacon. Sprinkle on cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine if you like. Eat and Enjoy!! Beware, once you start making Grits Bowls, you may never stop!

Try not to burn your turkey bacon like I did!!

Also, if you start to make a grits bowl just for yourself, make sure to have enough ingredients to make one for your sweet husband. Because even if he doesn't ask for one before you started, once he smells yours, he'll want one too!

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