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Meatless Monday: Smothered Cheese Grits and Steamed Greens

With the weather getting chillier, you can still indulge in a warm, comforting meal all while eating vegetarian! Besides improving your health, meatless meals can help improve the environment. Did you know that a poultry farm uses more ammonia than steel mills and oil refineries combined? You can simply do good by taking part in Meatless Monday!

Recipe and photo found on vegetarian times.

Smothered Cheese Grits and Steamed Greens

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 2 large sweet onions (such as Vidalia or Walla Walla) halved and thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned white hominy grits (not instant)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ¼ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 lb. curly kale, tough stems removed, torn into bite-size pieces (14 cups)
  • 1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • optional toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes, or until onions are softened and caramelized, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, cook grits according to package directions. Stir in corn and milk, and return to a simmer, stirring constantly to incorporate milk. Keep warm.
  3. Steam kale in basket steamer 4 to 5 minutes, or until wilted but still bright green and crisp-tender. Transfer to bowl, and stir in vinegar and remaining 1 tbs. oil. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. To serve: Stir cheese into grits, and transfer to serving platter. Top with kale, then onions. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and grated cheese (if using).

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