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Cheesy Chipotle Pumpkin Polenta with Garlic Roasted Veggies

A warm, hearty, and nourishing bowl of corn grits (polenta) chock full of pumpkin, chipotle peppers, and sharp cheddar cheese. This beautiful gluten-free vegetarian dish is topped off with tender and nutritious garlic roasted vegetables. A perfect autumn meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizers, Entrées, Main Course
Cuisine: Southwestern
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • Corn Grits (Polenta)


  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta corn grits
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 chipotle peppers diced
  • 3 tsp adobo sauce from can of chipotle peppers
  • 3 tbs pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • Garlic Roasted Veggies:
  • 3 small zucchini quartered
  • handful baby tomatoes halved
  • 1 head of garlic cloves separated, paper left on
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • pinch garlic powder
  • olive oil to drizzle
  • freshly chopped cilantro to garnish


  • In a large saucepan bring water, grits, and salt to a boil.
  • Reduce to simmer.
  • Stir in peppers, adobo sauce, pumpkin, butter, honey and spices. Mix until smooth.
  • Let simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until water is absorbed and consistency is to your liking.
  • Turn off heat, stir in cheese, cover and let sit for 5 minutes or until ready to eat.
  • Salt to taste.
  • To prepare your garlic roasted veggies preheat oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place your prepped veggies on your cookie sheet, sprinkle with spices, and drizzle with oil.
  • Roast for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Fill a bowl with grits, top with veggies, squeeze garlic cloves out of skins, sprinkle with cilantro and enjoy!



Please refer to the 'Tips' section above in the post for valuable information!


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 1440mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 1mg