Smoked Salmon and Grits Brunch Bowl
- 2 cups non dairy milk, divided
- 1/2 cup stone ground grits
- 1 tablespoon vegan buttery spread (sub butter)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 sweet onion, sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 cups arugula
- 3 oz smoked salmon
- 2 eggs, poached or pan fried*
- 1/2 cup tzatziki, store bought
- Heat 1 1/2 cups non dairy milk, 1 tablespoon non dairy butter, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a pot over high heat until boiling. Once boiling, add in grits and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and stir occasionally for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sweet onion. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring often. In the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, add in minced garlic and a dash of salt and pepper When finished, set aside.
- Once the grits have cooked for 20 minutes, add in remaining 1/2 cup non dairy milk, as well as cooked onions. Cook for another 10 minutes.
- In the final few minutes of cooking your grits, cook your eggs according to your preferences. (Check out the link below for poaching directions.)
- Add 1 cup of arugula to the bottom of a bowl. Pour 1/2 the cooked grits over the arugula. Top with 1 1/2 oz of smoked salmon (about 1/4 cup), cooked egg, and 1/4 cup tzatziki. Do this for both bowls.
- EAT UP.
*I love Alton Brown's recipe for poached eggs, if you wanna give that a try.
People in Atlanta are OBSESSED with brunch. Okay, probably the whole world is obsessed with brunch. But I am going to say that in Atlanta it’s like a cultural phenomenon or something. Every Sunday there are lines at EVERY RESTAURANT. And every single person on Bumble BFF lists “brunch” as an interest. It’s absurd. (And yes, I have dabbled in bumble BFF.) I get the sense that the obsession stems from the fact that almost everyone in this city works a 9 to 5 job, which is very different from the people I was surrounded by in LA. So no one here is a freelancer who can have brunch on Tuesday. No, in Atlanta Sunday brunch is important. It is THE day.
Don’t get me wrong. I like brunch food as much as any person. It’s probably my favorite. However, I don’t like having to wait forever to get food, because everyone and their mother is out to brunch. I’d rather have friends come over. I’d rather save some money. I’d rather make food that I know is good for my body. I’m guessing that some of you are like me. You want to have a brunch that feels as special as a restaurant, but you don’t want to deal with masses of people. Well, that’s why I put together this delicious brunch bowl. It’s got all the good things. Creamy grits. Arugula (aka. leafy greens). Smoked salmon (major Omega 3 & protein). Eggs. Tzatziki. Boom. It’s super easy to make, and you never have to change out of your pjs! That’s how brunch should really be.