Polenta

So this weekly grocery shopping for University I went to a Super Tesco and as I was strolling down the aisles I came across Italfresco Ready Made Polenta and I’ve heard of it before, but have never been able to find it in supermarkets. It was only £0.79, that is nothing compare to rice, potatoes, meat, etc and can be used to be one of the main ingredients in your meal. Since polenta is gluten free it can easily replace wheat based meals. I took at the back of the package to make sure it is not loaded with preservatives and unnecessarily ingredients, and this is what popped out:

– Low fat

– Suitable for vegetarians

– Gluten Free

Ingredients

Water,Maize Flour (17%) ,Salt ,Acidity Regulator (Tartaric Acid)

Nutrition
Typical Values Typical values per 100 grams
Energy 304.8kJ / 71.9kcal
Carbohydrates 15.7g
Protein (N x 6.25) 1.6g
Total Fat 0.3g

If can’t find ready made polenta it is simple to prepare by boiling water and stirring in cornmeal (sold at most supermarkets) until it thicken or one of the easiest ways t is to add the cornmeal to cold salted water, bring to a boil shut off, and let it stay in a covered pot until it becomes thick. Then it can be served hot or refrigerated until it can be sliced.

For those who have watching their carbohydrates and fats, and for those who cannot eat wheat and have said good-bye to pasta and potatoes… well polenta may be just the thing to satisfy those cravings. It is  one of the best foods to supply long-lasting energy to keep you going through the day.

Have you even heard of  polenta before?  Polenta is an Italian dish and is an elegant mush made by cooking cornmeal in salted water. It is so versatile can serve it up as a savory side dish, incorporated into main courses or even for breakfasts – there’s no limitation on how  to use Polenta. It’s a do-it all ingredient!

Polenta is a low carbohydrate food rich in vitamin A and C, and is a complex-carbohydrate which are high in dietary fiber and are digested more slowly in the body. Polenta contains loads of nutrients and is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B6. Low calorie food so  a good idea to add polenta with other vegetables or cook with some olive oil. It can be baked, fried in some olive oil, or if do not have the ready to serve polenta is can be made into porridge or a creamy mush (a mock version of mash potatoes).

Tonight I cut slivers from the Ready Made Polenta so the resemble french fries sprayed some pam extra virgin olive oil onto it and sprinkled some mixed herbs. I placed in a pre-heated oven of 200 C  and let them bake for about 20-30 mins. Then ready to serve, I topped mine with some organic chopped tomatoes with a pinch of cheese, but can honestly be paired with anything. If you are eating meat serve with a beef patty, some chicken, etc. No it is not french fries but they are very good and have much more nutrients in them

The main points are that:

– cheap

– easy to cook

– versatile

-healthy

polenta

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2 thoughts on “Polenta

  1. I have heard of polenta but not a clue what it was, I will certainly look out
    for it when I shop next and experiment, keep up the good ideas !!!!

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