This gluten-free and vegan “shrimp” and grits recipe is Cajun comfort food at its finest! And it’s both vegan and gluten free.
It’s also one of my (non-vegan) husband’s favorite things I make for him! He studied for college in New Orleans and loves the Southern, Cajun-style of the dish, especially on chilly, rainy nights. We love to pair it with the best fiction books about New Orleans.
I firmly believe you do not need butter or cheese to make delicious, savory and comforting grits!
Note: this gluten-free and vegan “shrimp” and grits recipe was adapted from a cookbook of one of my favorite vegan chefs, Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way. Chef Chloe Coscarelli is a nationally-renowned and award-winning vegan chef (she won Cupcake Wars!) with a beautiful spirit, and I couldn’t recommend Chloe’s Kitchen more highly. My version of grits has no sugar and less oil, and it also adds liquid smoke. The tofu “shrimp” is totally my own creation.
About Nutritional Yeast
And for anyone new to vegan cooking, I wanted to quickly explain that nutritional yeast is how many vegan dishes get a non-dairy “cheesy” flavor. It has an odd name, but I assure you that it looks just like grated cheese and is packed with a good source of protein and B Vitamins. It’s also gluten-free. Even my non-vegan husband sprinkles it on his food all the time!
My pick: This specific Bragg Nutritional Yeast is a popular and trustworthy brand that I most often use.
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This gluten-free and vegan “shrimp” and grits recipe is my go-to recipe for a comforting dinner. I hope you enjoy the added smoky and Cajun flavors as much as I do!
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- Bragg Nutritional Yeast
- Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning (my husband’s favorite brand since he lived in New Orleans)
- Liquid smoke
- Gluten-free grits options
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- Vegetable casserole with baked veggies
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