5-Minute Sweet or Savory Polenta Bowl

It’s a single serving recipe, but how perfect would this be for a crowd-pleasing brunch buffet?  Just prepare the polenta and lay out all of the optional toppings for a beautiful sunshine-y spread.  Or, simply make a little bowl of bright polenta for yourself and get creative.


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1 cup water
¼ cup cornmeal, coarsely ground
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
pinch salt
splash of unsweetened almond or soy milk (optional)
Sweet Toppings: fresh or dried fruit, pure maple syrup, toasted nuts, granola
Savory toppings: sautéed mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs


  1. In a microwaveable bowl, mix the water, cornmeal, oil, and salt. Place the bowl, uncovered, in the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes.
  2. Halfway through cooking, take the bowl out of the microwave and give it a stir, adding a splash of milk if the polenta looks like it’s drying out.
  3. Put the bowl back in the microwave and heat the rest of the time. It should be thick and will thicken more as it cools.
  4. Eat with sweet or savory toppings, or plain.

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Serving Size: 1 serving
Jonathan Ewald

“If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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