To some, polenta may be considered bland, boring, and tasteless. But this boiled cornmeal grain is anything but that — especially when you consider what it can be mixed with! Either served hot or cold, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, polenta is a filling treat that is also an excellent grain for people who can't eat gluten or wheat. More polenta dishes are popping up on restaurant menus, giving vegetarians and celiacs more meal flexibility while dining out.
Learn more about polenta and the mouth-watering dishes it can be used in.
Made from dried corn kernals, polenta can now be found in most grocery stores. It's usually sold in its dry form, although you can buy it already cooked — I'm a fan of Trader Joe's version. A 120-gram package of polenta contains 70 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein, so it's a healthy option as well. Make sure you store your precooked polenta in a cool, dry place. And for dry polenta, it should always be kept in your refrigerator after it's been cooked.
To get you excited about cooking with polenta, here are a few of my favorite recipes:
- Polenta with Roasted Bell Peppers
- Baked Polenta With Mushrooms
- Gluten-Free Lemon Polenta Cake
- Gluten-Free Polenta Fries
- Gluten-Free Spinach Polenta Souffle
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