Have it for breakfast for dinner on a chilly winter night, a midday snack, or anytime brunch: Cream of Wheat is endlessly versatile. This hot cereal is a brand name, but any type of farina can be topped with a variety of sweet and savory fixings. You can make it in bulk ahead of time, and have an assortment of meals ready for the week.
Syrups, sugars, and spices: Brown sugar and cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves, canned pumpkin, sugar, agave, or maple syrup.
Fruits: berries, mangoes, apples, bananas, tangerines, plums or raisins
Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanut or almond butter
Cheeses: cheddar, Monterey jack, brie, feta, blue cheese or goat cheese
Meats: sausage, bacon or ham
Mexican-inspired:black beans, corn, salsa and a pinch of chili powder, + farina
Vegetarian: cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, chopped tomato + farina
Dessert: stir chocolate chips into a warm batch of sweetened cereal, or mix in chunks of brownies or cookies. Cook the cereal with an egg yolk and some vanilla to create a thick, sweet pudding.
Adjust the amount and type of liquid (water, milk or cream) you use to suit the toppings you choose.