This creamy ‘cheesy’ vegan polenta is a super quick fix for breakfast, lunch or dinner when you’re short of time yet want to cook a delicious meal. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and a handful of staple ingredients from your cupboard and fridge. Vegan & gluten free.
How are you holding out at home? Although the lockdown has just been extended for another 3 weeks in the UK, I’m actually secretly enjoying this forced ‘break’. It’s like the Universe has put a pause button to make us all slow down, breathe deeper, connect better and appreciate everything we have and not ever take anything for granted. Even when I go out walking or running (thank goodness we’re allowed to go out for daily exercise), I feel so much more present and connected with the outside world. How are you coping?
Although we have a lot more time for cooking now, I’ve been so busy with doing a lot of DIY around the house in the last couple of weeks, so this quick and easy ‘cheesy’ polenta has been an absolute life saver for me recently. What I love about this recipe is that it ‘triples’ up as breakfast, lunch or dinner, whichever one you choose.
WHICH INGREDIENS DO I NEED TO PREPARE ‘CHEESY’ VEGAN POLENTA?
I used unsweetened almond milk but any other type of non-dairy milk will work. Just make sure you use the unsweetened version.
- A vegetable stock cube dissolved in 1.5 cups of hot water. Just make sure the stock cubes you’re using and vegan friendly.
I used ‘express polenta’, which is quick cook polenta as this is the only type of polenta I could get my hands on in my local supermarket. ‘Normal’ (or non-express polenta) takes a lot longer to cook, so be sure to check the cooking instructions on the packet and adjust the cooking time if needed.
- Garlic powder
It works great in this polenta recipe and adds a new layer of savoury flavour. And no need to peel and crush fresh garlic! Yay!!
- Nutritional yeast flakes
These little flakes add a ‘cheesy’, slightly nutty taste to the polenta. If you don’t have them in your cupboard, you can use vegan parmesan shavings instead.
When it comes to polenta toppings, you can pretty much use any vegetables you have in your fridge. You can sauté or roast bell peppers, courgette or aubergine. I personally find the garlicy mushrooms and creamy avocado go really well with this dish.
HOW TO COOK ‘CHEESY’ VEGAN POLENTA
- To cook polenta, combine milk and vegetable stock in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Add polenta and whisk for a few seconds to ensure there are no clumps.
- Stir in garlic powder, season with salt & pepper, cover with a lid and turn the heat down to medium low. Simmer polenta for 8-10 minutes, stirring continuously, until it’s just starting to thicken. Stir in nutritional yeast flakes within the last 2 minutes of cooking.
- Turn the heat off and let polenta ‘sit’ on the hob for a few minutes to absorb all the liquid. If you prefer your polenta a little thinner, add water, a little at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.
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15 MINUTE ‘CHEESY’ VEGAN POLENTA
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any other non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 1.5 cups of hot water
- 1/2 cup quick cook polenta
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 4 tsp nutritional yeast flakes (more if needed)
- Water as needed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
- A handful of micro herbs or greens of choice
- A sprinkle of shelled hemp seeds
- ¼ avocado sliced
- To cook polenta, combine milk and vegetable stock in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Add polenta and whisk for a few seconds to ensure there are no clumps. Stir in garlic powder, season with salt & pepper, cover with a lid and turn the heat down to medium low. Simmer polenta for 8-10 minutes, stirring continuously, until it’s just starting to thicken. Stir in nutritional yeast flakes within the last 2 minutes of cooking. Turn the heat off and let polenta ‘sit’ on the hob for a few minutes to absorb all the liquid. *If you prefer your polenta a little thinner, add water, a little at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.
- Whilst polenta is cooking, heat up the olive oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add sliced mushrooms, garlic powder, salt & pepper and sautee for 8-10 minutes until the mushrooms are crispy.
- Transfer the polenta into a bowl, top with sautéed garlic mushrooms, micro herbs/greens, sliced avocado and a generous sprinkle of shelled hemp seeds.
We made this for breakfast and it was so good. I never thought of making polenta for breakfast before, but I can tell this will be a repeat for us. Polenta and sautéed mushrooms is a great match.
Thank you Anita! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s a nice change from porridge and toast that I seem to have been having a lot this week… Stay safe and healthy xx
Monica | Nourish and Fete says
So delicious! This is a fantastic side but I am loving the idea of having it for lunch with some avocados and mushrooms, or really whatever veggies I turn up in the fridge. Versatile and tasty, just what we need right now!
Thank you Monica. In these strange uncertain times we’re changing the whole idea of ‘normal’. So polenta bowl for breakfast, lunch or dinner sounds like a great new ‘normal’ idea to me:) Hope you and the family are all keeping well and healthy xx
Jessica Formicola says
I love how quick and easy this recipe is! Definitely making for lunch tomorrow!
Thank you so much Jessica. Hope you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did!
That’s how my perfect breakfast looks like. Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you so much Jovita! I’m glad you liked it:)
I love polenta in all its forms, but must admit to never h having had it for breakfast. I don’t know why not – it’s delicious! Savory instead of sweet, it’s my new morning favorite!
Thank you Jenn. Savoury polenta is a really great meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Oh yum! I love finding various ways to make polenta! The addition of avocado and mushrooms are tasty!
Thank you Katie!
Patty at Spoonabilities says
This looks so yummy! I never thought of serving polenta like this. This is amazingness right here!
Thank you Patty. The mushrooms worked really well with savoury polenta.
OMG seriously so good, the mushrooms were a great add in too!
Thank you Justine. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Alison @foodbymars says
This looks so dreamy! Love the flavors you’re working with.
Thank you very much Alison.