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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

I found a beautiful photo on Pinterest of what looked like Cheese Grits, but claimed to be made from riced Cauliflower. So you know I was all over that! When I found the actual recipe, it contained  1/2 Cup of Panko and since I'm not doing grains I just left them out completely. I was not sure how it would turn out without the Panko, but it did not let me down. As you may know I pledged to give up grains for Jorge Cruise's Fast Track for 2 months, but I'm on 3 months now and have not plans to add grains back at all right now.

These little yummies make a great potato/hash brown replacement, they were like a savory pancake. But I thought they were most like good, old fashion grits! I ate them hot, right off the griddle, but I'll be having them with steak for dinner later. Wouldn't they make a great latka? Just don't serve it with applesauce - too much sugar!

These turned out WONDERFULLY! I'm going to guess your whole house will like these. My super picky kids even tried them, although it was in exchange for a cookie, so go figure. I would love to find a way to incorporate them into breakfast or smaller with different toppings for a party. Whether you are doing the Belly Fat Cure or Fast Track, these make a great snack or side dish to your meal.

Cheesy Cauliflower Grits:
1/2 head cauliflower
1 egg
1/2 shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic powder

How To:
I grated the fresh cauliflower with my cheese grater, but a food processor is great for this too (and is on my Christmas list!). I guess frozen would work fine too. Do it all, the florets and stems, but not the leaves. Microwave for 2 - 2:30 minutes and blend in the egg and cheese thoroughly. Scoop them out onto a hot griddle or skillet into the size of a small pancake, using olive or coconut oil if your skillet needs it. Depending on thickness, and how crispy you want them, cook least 3 minutes on each side.

The entire batch is 16 grams of carbs, 6 grams sugar and 8 grams fiber. I'd say four little pancakes, half of the recipe, should be more than be enough and will have an S/C Value of 3/1. It is all determined by the size of the cauliflower head and are all good, high fiber carbs.

Link back to the original recipe I modified is HERE. For all my recipes that fit Jorge's plan click HERE.


  1. I had grits once with smocked gouda cheese. If you like gouda cheese, I highly recommend you make these with smoked gouda; it was reeeally yummy!

  2. Great idea Amber. Those look great. I just shredded some cauliflower last night. :-)

  3. They look great Amber. I'm not Jewish, but I think they also serve the potato latkes with sour cream. That might be delicious on these! Good job!

  4. Amber you always have such great posts! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  5. The things you can make with a cauliflower are endless. I love it. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  7. I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks!

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  9. I made these the other night. They wouldn't stay together well, so I ended up making it like hash or hash browns, it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe idea. I feel like I never have to have rice, potatoes or pasta again because I can substitute cauliflower or zucchini and be just as satisfied.Yahoo!

  10. Who would have thought a few years ago we'd be celebrating and appreciating cauliflower the way we do now! Thanks for another great recipe. Happy Holidays

  11. Wow, I am just starting the Fast Track and I was at a total loss as to what to make when it calls for Cauliflower. I am not a big fan, but this looked good, so I tried it and OMG, it is really good! I also, like another writer, could not get the pancakes to stick so I made a big hash brown thing, but yum! Thanks!!