Today’s recipe comes from Aine Carlin’s cookbook, The New Vegan. This book is such an amazing reminder of how far along the vegan food culture has come in the last decade. I always try to get vegan at least a few days out of the week and became really into cooking vegan at home when I discovered Isa Moskowitz’s approachable vegan cookbooks in college. Aine takes it to a whole new level with not only approachable and simple recipes but insanely gorgeous modern photos to accompany the recipes. Unlike a lot of vegan cookbooks I’ve come across, she doesn’t rely on processed meat substitutes (tofu, seitan, etc) and instead focuses on whole foods and loading her recipes with veggies (my favorite thing to do for meal time). In addition to breakfast recipes like this one, you’ll find snacks, sweets, weeknight meals, and big gathering recipes in her delicious book.
This Vegan Breakfast Polenta with Rose-Roasted Plums recipe is from Aine Carlin’s cookbook, The New Vegan, and is the perfect whole food savory breakfast.
- 3 plums , halved and pitted
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1 Tbsp rose water
- 1/4 cup agave nector or maple syrup
- 1 heaping Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 2 star anise
- 1 small stick of cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 3/4 cups filtered water
- 1/2 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (such as unsweetened coconut)
- 2 Tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- crushed pistachios , to serve
For the plums: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place plums fresh side down on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with allspice, rose water, agave, brown sugar, and molasses. Add start anise and cinnamon sticks to the pan along with 2 Tbsp water (to keep the fruit from sticking). Roast for 30 minutes or until the plums are soft all the way through. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.
For the polenta: Fill a saucepan with the remaining water and polenta. Bring to a boil, whisking often, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Let polenta cook at a gentle simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
Add the milk, agave, and vanilla extract and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat.
Divide evenly between bowls, top with warm plums, and sprinkle with pistachios. Serve warm.
In other news, I’m getting ready to head back to where I grew up to help my mom move out of my childhood house. She recently bought some property up ‘by the lake’ (our region’s term for ‘Lake Michigan’) and is in the process of building a new house up there. She was really stressed out about selling the house and it ended up going after only 3 days on the market. Her stress has now shifted to getting everything out of the house and we volunteered to help. I’m really happy for her and her next chapter but also am pretty sure that there is a 80% chance I am going to cry saying goodbye to this house. This is the house I grew up in – this house was my “safe space”. It is where I lived before I had any adult anxieties and insecurities. It is where I had birthday parties and sleepovers. It is where I stayed up late and worked on my first “novel” (which was about aliens and wolves – thank you 6th grade self) while chatting with friends on AIM.
I’ve always struggled with change so no better way to try to push past that then to face it head on, right? I just need to get sentimental and then move on, right? Easier said than done.22