What was once considered a simple peasant food, polenta which is made from ground cornmeal, has gained popularity as a gourmet food. You have probably seen it on menus of many upscale restaurants. The traditional cooking method requires slow cooking cornmeal and water on the stove top while constantly stirring. Stir- ins like butter or a little parmesan cheese add a nice touch of flavor. Now with the availability of quick cooking polenta it can be ready in as little as 8-12 minutes!
The end product is a smooth and creamy side dish.
This is my favorite brand of quick cooking polenta and it can be found at a regular grocery store or Whole Foods.
It has several different cooking methods right on the back of the package. I opt for the easy and quick microwave oven method. It frees me up to attend to other aspects of the meal and the results are perfect!
Low calorie, and low fat however; it’s not a whole grain! You know I love to get in whole grains wherever I can but I do use this quick cooking polenta when I am craving it’s creamy goodness and don’t want to take the time to stand at the stove and stir, stir, stir! We all have our cheats right? I will do another post and talk about whole grain cornmeal.
We like it as a side dish. You can mix in sauteed veggies, top it with your favorite pasta sauce, stir in a little butter or cheese. You choose! Pour it into a loaf pan and let it set up, then slice it and brown each side in a skillet, top with fried eggs and crumbled bacon for a gourmet breakfast. M-m-m- so good! Of course you can purchase already cooked polenta sold in tubes that can be sliced and warmed up in the microwave or a skillet for quick and easy meals.
Easy Quick Microwave Polenta
- 3/4 cup Golden Pheasant Polenta
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix the polenta, water and salt in a 3 quart microwave safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 8 minutes. Remove and stir briskly until well blended. Microwave for another 2-3 minutes for thicker polenta. The polenta may be eaten as soft polenta at this point. Or you may spoon it into a butter baking dish and let it cool until firm. When firm cut into pieces and reheat in the microwave oven, or pan fry in a nonstick skillet with a little butter or oil.
Optional; stir in 1 tablespoon butter or 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Information (without optional ingredients)
Per serving; 94 calories, 0.6 g fat, 21 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1.5 g protein WWPP 3
This Food Find is an item I found and purchased myself. I was not given this product or asked to do a review of it.
I hope everyone watches the Oprah show today. Her friend and trainer Bob Greene will be on there talking about his new book 20 Years Younger! Who doesn’t want to look and feel younger? I have the book and have almost finished reading it and I am looking forward to watching the show which airs in the late afternoon here. There is so much good information in this book! You know there will be a post about this coming soon!
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