So polenta is a staple that I like to have on hand because it’s hardy, you can do a lot to it, and the cornmeal is very cheap to buy. Last night I wanted to make something easy and hardy as it is only in the 20’s and snowy here in Minnesota. I decided on polenta topped with jarred spaghetti sauce and sauteed veggies (we had mushrooms, onion, red pepper, garlic, zucchini, and edamame) and for the hubby chicken sausage. I got the whole meal together in probably 15-20 min and everyone including my 9 mo old liked it.
Here’s a trick I found online (no I can’t take credit for this one, darnit!) to make polenta SUPER easy (even though it’s pretty easy no matter what). It uses your rice cooker! <– this is becoming the best appliance EVER. Put 1 cup of your cornmeal in your rice cooker with 3 cups water or broth and turn on. Once it turns to warm let it sit for another 5 min to help absorb any extra water. This makes the fluffiest polenta I have ever had. I am never making it on the stove again!
I love meals that are quick, use ingredients you have on hand, are inexpensive, and most importantly healthy! I am on a mission to prove that healthy does not mean expensive or take a long time to do. Here’s the proof of one meal that met all the criteria! So, do you like polenta or grits? Do you use your rice cooker for anything not that’s not rice?