Breakfast bowls are a great way to start your day. They can be easily customized to suit your taste, and there are so many variations it’s impossible to get bored.

This one starts with a base of creamy, cheesy grits, and then we top it with savory, fresh ingredients. It’s full of delicious flavors and textures!

You can leave off anything you don’t like and add whatever sounds good to you. Some yummy additions would be fresh herbs, bacon, sausage, onions, sautÈed greens, or mushrooms.

To make this even quicker, we like to use the quick cooking grits and let them sit while we assemble the other ingredients.

This is a great use for leftover ham, which is what we used!

Cheesy Grits Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked grits
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons freshly grated Manchego cheese
  • ½ small, ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup cooked ham
  • 1 small plum tomato, chopped
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Mix a tablespoon of cheese into the grits, stir, and taste. Add more cheese, salt, and pepper to taste.
  2. Pour the grits into a serving bowl, making sure to leave room for the toppings.
  3. Slice the avocado in half, and twist to separate the halves. Peel the skin off the half without the pit, and slice the flesh into strips. Store the other half (with the pit) in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator….

This is an excerpt from the article Savory Breakfast Bowl with Cheesy Grits Recipe which originally appeared on 5 Minutes for Mom.