Southwestern Sauté with Salsa Grits

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Southwestern Sauté with Salsa Grits

Cheesy, salsa-flavored grits are the base for this easy bean and vegetable sauté. Use fresh salsa (found in the market near other dips) to keep sodium in check. Look for quick grits near oatmeal and other hot cereals or near cornmeal in the baking aisle. Serve with a romaine and red cabbage salad with avocado and pepitas.

Yield: 4 servings, 1 3/4 cups each
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 15


  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups store-bought fresh salsa or 10-ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup quick grits
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion mix
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine water, salsa (or tomatoes) and grits in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring once or twice, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup cheese. Keep covered. (The grits will thicken slightly as they stand.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, add corn, pepper-onion mix, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are warm, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans and cook, stirring, until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve the bean and vegetable mixture over the grits, sprinkled with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and cilantro.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 373
fat 9 g (3 g sat, 4 g mono)
cholesterol 13 mg
carbohydrates 64 g
protein 12 g
fiber 8 g
sodium 679 mg
potassium 472 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin C (43% daily value), Folate (36% dv), Vitamin A (28% dv), Iron (17% dv), Calcium (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 4

Exchanges 3 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean-meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell September/October 2011