Cheesy Amaranth- A Corn-free Grits Alternative

Back in the day … before I was married and had kids, my girlfriends and I would go out for weekend brunch. With nowhere in particular to be, we could wait in line for a table at our favorite restaurant, linger over coffee and gobble up delicious comfort food while reliving the highlights of the night before.

Wow! Times have changed. I don’t have hours on end to spend gossiping with my buddies, while we decide what fun adventure to undertake next.

I still love comfort food, though. One of my favorite Southern brunch dishes was cheese grits. I have made them a few time since my single days, but not too often. A chef friend dropped off a box of amaranth the other day with a note: “Try this! It’s a super food!”

I had not cooked with amaranth before, though I’ve been thinking about it since it’s a gluten-free “grain” (like quinoa, not a true grain, but similar to cook), and it’s loaded with nutrition. My gift got me thinking. What would I like to make first?

Nutritious cheesy grits!

Using amaranth resulted in a creamy, yet textured dish that I loved. I actually ate the whole pot myself, only allowing my guys to taste it! Whether you avoid corn or are looking for a way to provide a little more protein in a side dish, this amaranth grits alternative will please you, I think.

How have you used amaranth?

Cheesy Amaranth
Makes 4 servings

1 1/3 cups non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk)
dash of salt
1 cup of amaranth, rinsed
1/2 cup vegan cheddar-flavor cheese alternative (I used Daiya cheddar shreds.)

Bring non-dairy milk and salt to a boil.
Add rinsed amaranth, stir, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add cheese and stir until it’s thoroughly melted.

Happy Cooking!
Kim~ Welcoming Kitchen

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2 Responses to “Cheesy Amaranth- A Corn-free Grits Alternative”

  1. Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try it out this week! :)

  2. I hope you like it, Jonathan!

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