Warm Breakfast Polenta with Honey-Rosemary Nectarines

I recently asked my husband to pick up some fruit on his way home from work. Expecting a summer melon, my face fell when he arrived carrying a small bag.  But upon seeing the perfectly ripened nectarines (first of the season!), my countenance changed completely.

We snacked on them for a few days until last Saturday when I found myself reminiscing the Quaker Peaches and Cream Oatmeal I ate as a child.  Snatching the last two nectarines from the fruit bowl, I set out to make a healthy, more sophisticated version of my childhood favorite.  I simmered polenta with almond milk, while pan-warming nectarine halves with rosemary  and honey to create a lovely, lazy morning breakfast for two.

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 nectarines, halved, pits removed

1 cup polenta

3 1/2 to 4 cups almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon water

2 generous cuts of fresh rosemary

Method

To a sauté pan set atop low heat, add the honey, vanilla, water and rosemary. Once heated, add the nectarine halves to the pan, face down. Gently press each halve with a wooden spoon to release the juices and partially flatten the fruit. Cook, turning once, until the fruit is heated through and quite tender, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Just before a boil is reached, slowly add the polenta and turn the heat down to a simmer. Whisk   continuously until the polenta is completely cooked, 4-5 minutes. The polenta will thicken as it simmers. Add more almond milk if a thinner porridge is preferred.

Ladle the polenta into two bowls, placing two nectarine halves and a rosemary stem atop each serving.  Divide the remaining honey-rosemary syrup between the bowls and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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About continuethislabor

Hi I'm Tera. I'm interested in how flavors work together and how we can work together to be responsible Earth citizens. Currently I teach English in S. Korea with my husband, but someday we will own a small organic farm. There, we will grow vegetables, raise chickens and goats, and play Catan in our little cottage while drinking good coffee.

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