Category Archives: Breakfast

Basic Polenta

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Recently diagnosed with a nickel allergy, I find myself with no starches in my house I am able to eat. Save for a massive bag of corn meal. Time to whip up a batch of polenta! This polenta is rich and creamy, and can easily be flavored with your favorite additives. Onions, red onions, and garlic are some ideas of great stir-ins to enhance the flavor of your polenta. Enjoy!

You Will Need:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp soy free margarine
  • 1 cup coconut milk, plain

Procedure:

  1. Boil water in a large saucepan. When a rolling boil is reached, reduce heat to low and measure out cornmeal.
  2. Gradually stir in cornmeal, beating the contents of the pot rapidly with a wire whisk. Really put your wrist into it- stirring too slowly will result in lumps.
  3. When cornmeal is distributed throughout the pot, add seasonings and continue to cook at a low simmer, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes, or until polenta is thick.
  4. Stir in coconut milk and cook for an additional 60 seconds. Flavor as desired or serve plain.

Holiday Rice Pudding

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With the holidays right around the corner (hello, Thanksgiving!), it seemed the appropriate time for rice pudding. My daughter loves the way her grandpa makes rice pudding, but alas, it is not vegan! Whether you’re looking for breakfast or dessert, this new take on an old recipe is sure to please!

You Will Need:

  • 3/4 c uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp orange zest (or lemon)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c raisins (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Procedure:

  1. Boil the milk and water. Add rice and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Stir in seasonings. If rice thickens too much, add additional coconut milk. Stir in raisins.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool, stirring occasionally.
  4. When rice is nearing room temperature, stir in vanilla extract and any additional add-ins if desired.* Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!

*NOTE: Good ideas for add-ins include dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, chopped or slivered almonds, and golden raisins. Experiment to find what tastes best to you and your family!

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