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Polenta Is a Gluten-Free Grain

Fiber-Filled Polenta Is a Great Gluten-Free Grain Alternative

polentaTo 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:

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elizlovescrisro elizlovescrisro 6 years
I grew up with polenta since my mom is Brazilian and it's delicious. Too bad she usually adds butter and it's usually eaten with some type of meet stew. It's also really yummy fried. I need to find healthier ways to eat it.
alikat07 alikat07 6 years
I was actually looking for polenta recipes yesterday! I want to try the dried polenta since I've never made it.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I have never had it before, but it sounds interesting.
eatingbirdfood eatingbirdfood 6 years
I like polenta but never remember to buy and use it! Thanks for the reminder. :)
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