Cereal for Dinner: the Ultimate Comfort Food

Warm cereal is not for everyone. Some people find it so unappealing that it makes them gag. But not me. Warm cereal is like a slow hug with someone who’s just wrapped themselves in a cozy flannel robe hot from the dryer. Warm cereal makes my toes curl, in a very, very good way.

I don’t know what possessed me to grab that box of Malt O Meal from the ethnic aisle shelf. I had never tasted it. Had never even heard of it. The packaging was hardly flashy and the name was nothing special, almost downright off-putting. Not much appealed to me in those nausea clouded days, but I still threw that box in my cart before running out of the supermarket with its unbearable waves of odors. And then I ate nothing else for the remaining of my first trimester.

Pregnancy has a funny way of kicking you in the butt and forcing you to just take to the couch. I was going to make a fantastic dinner tonight, the type of dinner that makes me pound my chest and moan out loud, better than could be had at many restaurants. I was going to flash sear some beautifully plump scallops and drizzle them with an Asian fig sauce. Served with some vibrant sugar snap peas, the contrast was going to be exquisite.


But the scallops stayed in the fridge, untouched, completely unable to muster up the energy to do real cooking. I was flattened by the day, more drained than my cell phone battery by the deadly combo of dinner and bath time.  Instead, I snuggled up with a big bowl of Malt O Meal hot cereal. And it gave me even greater pleasure. Sometimes, it’s just so good to give in and quit, to throw in the towel and just have a big bowl of cereal for dinner. 

Go on, go for it. I won’t judge and I won’t tell a soul. I might even join you.

My Malt O Meal Comfort Food Dinner
2 cups of milk (I make the Malt o Meal with milk even though the instructions call for water)
6 tablespoons of Malt o Meal Powder (that little box has lasted so long!)
1 tablespoon of Vanilla Bean Paste
1/4 cup of brown sugar

  • Combine all the ingredients in a microwave proof bowl.
  • Heat for 1 minute. Stir.
  • Continue heating for 1 minute increments and stirring until the mixture thickens considerably.
  • Eat, and try to keep the moaning down.

2 Responses to Cereal for Dinner: the Ultimate Comfort Food

  1. >I feel like cereal for dinner is something that people either LOVE or hate. For me, it's just always seemed a bit sad, but my mom loves it. That said, I've recently fallen in love with different warm cereals for breakfast.

  2. >That sounds delicious. Nothing wrong with cereal for dinner – the warm kind OR the cold kind! We like to make polenta in a way very similar to your recipe – with milk, vanilla, and brown sugar. I think I got the recipe from Joy the Baker's site originally. Yum!

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