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Creamy Sweet Corn Cauliflower Grits

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Sweet Corn Cauliflower Grits is a quick vegetarian one pot meal! Comfort food made healthier! Cauliflower rice “grits,” sweet corn, Gruyère cheese, & more!


  • 3/4 lbs cauliflower (1 small head of cauliflower or cauliflower florets)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups sweet corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1.5 cups grated Emmi Le Gruyère Cheese (extra for topping)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • sea salt/pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 handful chopped basil (extra leaves for garnishing)
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk or cream (feel to to use organic cream as an option)
  • Red pepper flakes to garnish
  • Optional Peppers – 1 jalapeño (sliced) or chopped bell pepper if you prefer less spicy.

Optional Tomato Sauce Topping

  • 1/3 cup spicy marinara sauce
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream or heavy crream
  • 1 tbsp melted butter


  1. First, rice your cauliflower. The best way to do this is to remove stem, cut the cauliflower into small sections. You can also use florets. Then place 1 handful of the cauliflower into the food processor at a time.
  2. Pulse until a “rice” texture is formed. Remove, place in a large bowl. Repeat until you have riced all 3/4 lbs of a pound or 1 small head.
  3. Next, prepare the rest of you vegetables. Cut/slice, etc. Then grate your cheese so that you have it ready for the pan.
  4. Place corn, onion, garlic, oil in pan and sauté on medium high until fragrant, around 2-3 minutes.
    Add riced cauliflower, paprika, spinach, and cream. Add optional jalapeno or bell pepper here if desired.
  5. Mix all together, then cover and reduce heat for 5 minutes on medium low. Stir in cheese and keep at medium low until cheese is melted in with the cauliflower “rice” grits.
  6. *NOTE* If you would like grits to be thicker here, add optional 1 cup cooked quinoa if desired.
  7. Remove from heat. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with red pepper flakes and chopped fresh basil to top.
  8. Serve into bowls.
  9. Add tomato sauce topping (optional but SO tasty) To make, whisk marinara, coconut cream and melted butter together. Spoon over each serving or bowl.
  10. Add extra grated cheese and more basil leaves to top.


  • Optional Thickener: Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa to thicken if desired
  • Protein Option: Feel free to add chicken, shrimp, chickpeas, egg, or any other protein to this dish, although it is filling by itself.
  • For more cheese choices that melt well, see

Estimated Nutrition shown, WITHOUT sauce/topping:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: main, sides
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 380
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 20g