Monday, August 2, 2010

Foods to Ponder


I've said it before...healthful non-vegetable side dishes are hard to find.  One of my absolute favorites? Polenta. I'm sure you have seen it on menus at various restaurants as it is quickly becoming a trendy dish. It is made from two ingredients...cornmeal and milk or water. That's it. Making it perfect, however, can be a little tricky!

Valsugana Polenta, 13.2-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)There are several types of polenta products out there ranging from long cooking, quick cooking to pre-cooked ( I know...why even bother with the long cooking version?). The taste and consistency are very similar to grits...although far better for you. Calorie content varies depending on the type of polenta you are making...but should be less than 200 calories (often much less) per serving. Remember the key to cooking polenta is constant stirring and eat it while it's hot. It can be served two ways--as a "mashed potato like" dish (meaning soft consistency) or it can set and be more of a harder consistency. You'll see when you make it.

There are tons of recipes out there for polenta. It can be eaten as a side dish or even as a main course--depending on how you serve it. This recipe is a fabulous entree. Stay tuned for one of my favorite polenta products!

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