Polenta Two Ways

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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.

Ways to Serve Polenta

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.

Make it a Meal

Enjoy a bowl of steaming Coconut Lentil Soup with polenta for dipping!

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Polenta Two Ways

Prep Time: N/A Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield:8 servings

Ingredients

6 cups water

3/4 tablespoons salt

2 cups organic, non-GMO polenta

White pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons vegan butter

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring water and salt to boil. Whisk in the polenta until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. Remove from heat, season, and stir in butter.
  4. Polenta may be served one of two ways:
  • As a slab. Once polenta has cooked thoroughly, spread the mixture on a cookie sheet or casserole dish. Chill in refrigerator until firmly set. Before serving, sear on a grill pan or in a skillet until warm and toasty brown.
  • As a porridge. Polenta is a fancy name for thick grits, folks. Eat it with whatever stir-ins or toppings that you like. I choose to primarily eat it this way because it saves so much prep time.

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