Bowl Full of Mush

We read Goodnight Moon to Elliot every night, and anyone familiar with it will recognize the term “bowl full if mush”. When I first read it, I thought it sounded weird and gross but the more I thought about it the more I realized how many delicious foods are basically just a bowl full of mush: grits, oatmeal, refried beans and rice, rice pudding, polenta, etc This isn’t really a recipe but it’s my favorite new convenience food and every time I eat it I think of Goodnight Moon. I thought I’d post it because it didn’t jump out at me that I could use this food this way but I’m finding it to be a very good option that I keep going back to.

After making this Polenta Lasagna I had a tube of the pre made polenta left over. It sat in my pantry for weeks until I was desperate for something quick and easy.

I had never really used this product before because polenta is so easy to make, why buy it pre made? But that lasagna lends its self to the stiff texture of the pre made stuff. And now I’m addicted to the convenience of it; especially not having to dirty a pot and wisk!

So here’s the gist of it. Just open up a tube of pre made polenta (it even comes in pre flavored varieties) and chop it up as small as you can (I do this directly in the bowl) add some non dairy milk, nuke it, mash with a potato masher, and season it however you like. My favorite combos are:

  • balsamic, Braggs, Vegan Parmesan
  • peanut butter, sweet chili sauce, cilantro, basil, mint, soy sauce, Siracha
  • honey, cardamom, vanilla

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