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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Breakfast Polenta

I am sick of oatmeal.  I will eat it if I'm starving and everyone else is asleep, but in general, it just doesn't fill me up like it used to.  Enter Breakfast Polenta!  Inspired by an old post by Joy the Baker, I've been making this at least once or twice a week for breakfast around here.  I prefer the savory type, with onions, cheese, and soysages. (and sometimes a rogue avocado or two!)

Here's how we do it:

Breakfast Polenta (serves 2)

1/2 small onion, diced
2 tsp. olive oil
1 c. dry polenta
2 1/2 c. veggie broth
1/2 c. milk
1/2 Tbsp.ish butter
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
2 soysages (I use Morningstar Farms)
a couple handfuls of raw spinach, rinsed
1 avocado (if you like), or diced tomato
Salt and pepper
Smoked Paprika

Heat a small pot to medium high heat.  Add the olive oil and the onions, and cook until they are translucent.  Turn down the heat if they start to burn, and add a little water.  (My secret? Throw an ice cube or two in there.)

Once the onions seem done, add the vegetable broth.  Slowly drizzle/whisk in the dry polenta.  (Don't want any lumps around here!)  Turn down the heat to medium low.  Keep the milk at the ready, in case the polenta starts spitting everywhere in a dangerous fashion.  Stir!  Once it starts to thicken, stir in the milk and the butter.  Cover it with a screen, if you have one (just to protect yourself and/or your stovetop).  Stir in the spinach and grate your cheese.  Turn down the heat when it starts to get thick again and the spinach has wilted, and mix in the cheese.

If you want to get another pan dirty, you can heat up the soysages in a frying pan.  If you are like me, you will microwave them for 90 seconds.  Once they're hot, chop them up into tiny bits.  Ladle the polenta into bowls, and throw some soysages on top.  Add veggies if you like, and a bit of salt/pepper/smoked paprika to taste.

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