My fondest (and only) memory of eating polenta in pre-vegan life was at a firehouse dinner when I was a kid. I probably ate it on a paper plate, too. Well let me tell you: have I ever moved on. We eat on real plates last night! Also, our polenta was a little more...refined (although it still came in a package).
We found the recipe on fatfreevegan.com: here.
It was real good. We chopped up the packaged polenta into little squares and used a ton of spices on it like rosemary, thyme, basil, and some other good-tasting things. We used about two teaspoons of each and used less than a capful of olive oil so the polenta wouldn't stick. While I was doing that, Zach sauteed onions, garlic, mushrooms, kidney beans, and veggie broth. It was a really fast dinner which helps when you're feeling reeeeally lazy because you laid in bed all day ;)
Also, I wanted to eat a lot of it because it tasted so delicious.
Polenta-- $3.09 (faster, but buying a big bag of polenta and making it yourself is probably cheaper).
Kidney beans-- 59 cents
Mushrooms-- 70 cents
Spices, spices, spices
Vegetable bouillon-- 99 cents