Mush, gruel, hot cereal — none of the names for this genre of breakfast dishes is very appealing. But that's OK; we all know the truth. Warm, creamy polenta, or nutty, pearly oats — they're a wonderful way to start the morning. From Cream of Wheat to oatmeal, here's a look at some of our favorite ways to eat hot cereal for breakfast.
Here are some of the hot cereals that we love to eat in the morning. What are yours?
• Oatmeal - Ah the classic. We love oats in all forms, but our favorite has to be steel cut oats. Our foolproof method for cooking oatmeal is to bring about 4 cups of water to boil with a cup of steel cut oats, then turn off the heat and cover the pot. We leave it to sit all night, then warm it up in the morning for instant pearly oatmeal. It's satisfying and totally delicious.
• Cream of Wheat - This wheat farina dish is total nursery food for many of us. We like to jazz it up a bit with a cooked egg yolk and a little sugar and nutmeg for a breakfast pudding that's really irresistible. It keeps your tummy warm!
• Rice - Leftover rice, warmed up with cinnamon and milk, makes a great quick hot cereal. We warm it up in the microwave and splash on some milk and a half teaspoon of sugar.
• Quinoa - Quinoa's nutty, wholesome goodness makes it a natural addition to the hot cereal brigade. We love it with honey!
What's your favorite hot cereal, and your favorite way to eat it?
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