Polenta is dish made from coarsely ground cornmeal, and I love that it is so versatile. It can be eaten as a side dish or used in a variety of recipes. It can be served chilled or warm, as a porridge or as a hearty bread. You can change it up quite a bit by adding a variety of toppings.
Polenta is a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates that contains a good amount of protein and fiber. This helps you feel fuller longer because digestion takes longer. Fiber is also recommended to keep the digestive system functioning properly, to feed healthy gut bacteria, and to prevent constipation. Additionally, this dish is low in calories and fat.
Cornmeal is high in carotenoids, which have many health benefits such as decreasing the risk of disease, particularly certain cancers and eye diseases.
You can serve it as a thick porridge or as a slab, similar to a crusty cornbread. The slab is perfect for serving alongside soups or saucy dishes, while the porridge is a filling, warming meal in itself. Serve it up simply, with a dollop of vegan butter, or add any variety of toppings.
Enjoy a bowl of steaming Coconut Lentil Soup with polenta for dipping!
6 cups water
3/4 tablespoons salt
2 cups organic, non-GMO polenta
White pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons vegan butter