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Prepping Meals: Spicy Cheese Polenta

The recipe for Spicy Cheese Polenta comes from our cookbook Freezer Bag Cooking: Adventure Ready Recipes. It is a simple recipe that works on its own, or used as a base for a topping of choice. Serve it as prepared, or add in chicken to make it more filling. It makes a great recipe for using prepping pantry stock, as all you need is boiling water, no actual cooking time needed, meaning you can prepare it in a pot, or in a mug, and use a lot less fuel in emergencies/power outages.

Spicy Cheese Polenta


  • packets instant grits
  • 1 Tbsp diced dried onion
  • ¼ tsp granulated garlic
  • ¼ tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 ounce cheddar or provolone cheese


Dice up the cheese. Add cheese and 1 cup water to a pot. Bring to a boil. Add in dry ingredients, stir well. Turn off stove, cover tightly and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir well and eat.

Serves 1 to 2*.


Find 1-ounce sticks of cheddar cheese with the cheese sticks in the cheese section of most grocery stores.

If you don’t like spicy, just add a pinch of pepper flakes, or leave out.

*As a dish on its own it will serve 1 person. If chicken is added (a 3 to 5 ounce can, with pop top, or a 7 ounce pouch), it will serve 2 people.