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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eat with sweet or savory toppings, or plain.
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Serving Size: 1 serving
Jonathan Ewald
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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