Savory Cream of Wheat

I love breakfast. In fact, I'm kind of obsessed with breakfast. Eggs, potatoes, meat and I kind of get along. We like each other. We've had a long, lasting and delicious relationship. Sweet breakfasts, on the other hand, are not usually my thing. For me, breakfast should be hearty, protein-packed and healthful. French toast, pancakes, etc. don't fit that bill in my kitchen (or on brunch dates). It's not that I'm opposed to sweet breakfasts, they just weigh me down with their sugar. I don't feel spry and energetic after a plate of pancakes. I want a nap.

So today I'm up in Santa Cruz again, working on our recipes and meeting new vendors, and staying at my parent's house. I woke up this morning with grand ideas of bacon and eggs for breakfast. Maybe a potato. Sadly, there was none. Not even tofu to make a scramble.

I plotted my options:

Drive down the street and get a bagel at the market. > Don't want to get dressed.

Make a sweet potato hash with vegetables. > Takes too long to cook. No eggs to top them with oozy goodness.

Make cream of wheat. > I don't like sweet breakfast!

Solution: Savory Cream of Wheat (Wheat Farina) with Sauteed Vegetables. It's creamy, cheesy, doesn't take any longer to make than, say, pancakes, and totally delivers on flavor and full-tummy-ness.

Recipe after the jump...


Savory Wheat Farina with Sauteed Vegetables

Breakfast for one

  • Half a red onion, sliced
  • Half a bell pepper, sliced
  • 4-5 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup spinach, washed
  • 1/2 cup wheat farina (Cream of Wheat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese or grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium skillet, saute onions and bell peppers in olive oil until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add mushrooms and saute an additional 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat and add spinach, toss to combine and cover with lid. Set aside. The spinach will slowly wilt from the steam you've now trapped with the lid.

In a small pot, boil the water with salt. Slowly add the wheat farina, stirring constantly. Lower heat and continue stirring for 1-2 minutes until it becomes a creamy consistency. Remove from heat. Mix in your grated or shredded cheese and stir as it melts into the mixture.

Top with your sauteed vegetables. Maybe a little more grated cheese. Be surprised that you made delicious, savory cream of wheat that's nothing like your mom used to make.