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Change It Up With Polenta

I know you've seen it in the grocery store, sitting on the shelf in a tube. It's yellow and a little squishy. It intrigued you, but probably not enough to buy it. I never would have even considered the stuff if I hadn't run into a friend at the store. She reached for a tube and explained all the wonderful things you could do with it, so I gave it a shot.

This pre-made polenta, made from corn meal and water, comes in a firm tube that you can slice up and grill, cook like pancakes, or bake. It makes a great alternative to pasta when making vegetable primavera or lasagna.

If you prefer creamy style polenta that has a similar consistency to mashed potatoes, you can mix this polenta with some water (milk or broth), heat it up and you're done. It makes a delicious side dish on its own, or you can mix it with cooked veggies. You can also use it in place of tofu when you stir-fry.

So is it healthy? To check out the nutritional info and see a picture of my favorite way to make polenta

I love to sauté sliced polenta in a little olive oil. Then I place it in a pan and baked it with some mozzarella until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Then I top it with a raw slice of tomato, bake it for another five minutes and that's it. Quick, easy, delicious and good for you.

Serving Size 2 half inch slices
Calories 70
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 310mg
Carbs 15g
Fiber 1g
Sugar 1g
Protein 2g

This pre-made polenta has salt added to it, so you don't need to add any when you cook it. This is one healthy and different alternative to your old pasta, bread, and rice standbys. Let me know if you have any other great ways to incorporate polenta into your life. Here's what I do:

Just slice it.
Sauté it.
Bake it with some cheese. Top it with fresh slices of tomato and enjoy.
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