There are a few gadgets that help with quick breakfasts. You can make do without any of these, but it may take more time, which is what we are trying to save here!

* Crock pot
* Bread machine
* Oven you can set to turn on at a specific time
* Griddle that spans two burners on your stove
* Toaster oven
* Blender
* Microwave
* Food Processor

Monday, October 29, 2012

Easy Breakfast Polenta

This is hearty and warm for a winter day.  It is also known by the inelegant name of cornmeal mush, but the Italians co-opted this and called it polenta.  This is enough to serve 4, as well as to have leftovers used for friend polenta - see next week's posting.

Follow this link to the recipe: 

Easy Breakfast Polenta

  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2T butter

Night before:
No work needed.

Next morning:

Bring water, salt and milk to a boil.  Stir in cornmeal slowly, stirring constantly to prevent lumps - a whisk works well for this.  Boil for 5 - 10 minutes, stirring every minute, until thick.  Turn heat to lowest setting, and let simmer until you are ready to eat.  Do stir every 15 minutes or so, if you are showering and getting ready.  

 Stir in butter and serve with more butter and sugar, much as you would serve cream of wheat or oatmeal.


  • Stir in ½ cup shredded cheese for a savory meal.
  • Save about 2 cups of polenta, and create a roll in foil - use this for fried polenta.  See recipe 11/05/2012
  • You can also use instant polenta, which is just cornmeal ground very fine, and which is ready very quickly.

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