Dish: Cornbread in a Bowl
Good For: Breakfast for 1, comfort food, meat eaters and vegetarians alike, quiet weekend mornings, late night snacks, living like Paula Deen…without the heart attack
Shopping list: 1/3 cup cornmeal, bulk (89 cents), 1/4 cup milk (20 cents), 1 tablespoon butter (10 cents)
Pantry items: baking powder, salt, honey, water
Total cost: $1.00
Let’s talk about real life, real quick.
Wearing expensive five-inch feels on a Tuesday morning; eating way-too-expensively-blah breakfasts of a Starbucks latte and dried-out scone; and creeping on Facebook photos of that kid from high school who suddenly became really, really attractive.
Yeah, that’s not real life. That’s borderline reality TV. Like watching one too many episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County or Jersey Shore. Long story short, it’s def. not conducive to maintaining your sanity (and dignity) as a human being. That’s effort in all the wrong places.
But anyways, back to real life. Eating ice cream on the couch with best friends, while watching old Meg Ryan rom-coms; making three billion U-turns and still ending up in the wrong direction on a roadtrip; grilling with the fam bam on summer nights; and having a peaceful Sunday morning to yourself with a hearty bowl of comfort food. Now, that’s the good stuff.
I know stilettos, overpriced coffee shop breakfasts, and Facebook are tempting. But you can do better. You can do real life—for reals, I promise! Real life in this case is an awesome cornbread breakfast wonder; a $1 feat of nature; and a single-serving dose of vivacity with a heaping spoonful of #real talk.
Lexi Cotcamp is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University, where her plate is almost as full of extracurricular activities as it is of food. She enjoys the simple things in life: floating in the cerulean of the Pacific Ocean, eating her way through D.C., and dancing like nobody is watching. Even when everybody is watching.
Cornbread in a Bowl
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk, nondairy or otherwise (I used almond)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon butter
Honey + butter
Peanut butter or other nut butter
Sliced or mashed by banana
Jam / Jelly
Combine cornmeal, baking powder, salt, water, milk, and honey in a small bowl.
Microwave on high for 1 minute, or until the mixture is mostly thickened. (Note: If you have a older or less powerful microwave, this could take closer to 2 minutes.) Stir with a fork or whisk, gently ensuring that no lumps have formed. If the mixture is too thick at this point, add a little extra water or milk until a thick batter consistency is formed. Gently stir in the butter at this point.
Return to microwave. Microwave for another 1 minute on high. Stir and garnish with toppings. Enjoy!