Polenta Quick Dinner

Grabbed some polenta out of the pantry for a quick dinner. I know – aspiring chef eating prepared polenta out of a package? I’m nothing if not a food realist, and when time is tight, you need to be healthy, but also quick.

Frankly, I’m still working on how to maximize my nutrients and fit it into my schedule. It takes planning and a bit of patience. I’d like to eat more brown rice as my primary grain – I have the pressure cooker to help speed the process.

I cooked up a can of Muir’s Glen diced tomatoes (America’s Test Kitchen once rated them as the best canned tomato) with some fresh garlic and olive oil as a topping. Oh, and some delicious capers on the bottom for more flavor. It smelled very fragrant – if you do not cook with fresh garlic let me tell you, it makes ALL the difference.

I would have added fresh basil but the last light freeze here in Central Texas killed her. 😦

Nutrition Notes

Polenta is corn meal cooked with a liquid until it’s somewhere between liquid and solid. In this case, the packaged polenta is fortified with vitamins A and C (probably to help preserve it). It has a toothsome texture and I like to use it instead of pasta since I can’t eat wheat (or, should I say, I prefer healthy skin to eating wheat).

The tomatoes were packed with citric acid, providing more vitamin C.

The salt on this meal was far from ideal. The tomatoes packed in about 300 mg and the polenta chipped in another 600 or so. It goes to show how packaged foods are far saltier than fresh foods.

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More Nutrition News

In other news, the latest Nutrition Action Health Letter reports that calcium appears in the scientific research to be protective against colon cancer.

But Mike, you say, aren’t you avoiding dairy? Should we be concerned about you brittle bones and now your delightful colon there? Luckily for all of us, I’ve been supplementing calcium for some time now with my new friend, the chocolate calcium Adora disk. I’m also eating soy and coconut yogurt. (I put the yogurt on think-rolled oats…SO good!)

Incidentally, the 500 mg in the Adora disk is about half the calcium that most adults are recommended to eat. Luckily, there is more calcium to be had out there, and since I eat food, I am probably getting all the calcium I need.

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7 thoughts on “Polenta Quick Dinner

      • I´m curious to see how your blog will change when you experience more of macrobiotics – it totally changed my life…My view on food, health, human nature…Aihara´s Basic Macrobiotics is a great book and actually it was also the first mb book I read, but I think it´s not the best one for beginners – I would recommend Jessica Porter´s Hip Chick´s Guide to Macrobiotics 😉 Easy to read, very funny and at the same time a great intro into the whole philosophy and its applications.

      • It’s funny that you mention those books – I actually did read Basic Macrobiotics and loved it. It actually helped influence me to enroll in culinary school. I would like to incorporate more of that into my diet. I think the school will have a big influence. A lot of my current diet is influenced by my 40-hour-week desk job and my long-held habits. I have a lot more to understand about macrobiotics, too. Keep posting on your blog – it sounds like you may have a lot to share! :)

        Mike Lyons https://dietiscorrect.wordpress.com

      • Yeah, I noticed you mentioned Aihara´s book in a post, that´s why I reacted to that. I found it a bit too dry and scientific for beginners, but I will read it once more later.
        Btw, would be great if you had a rss option for your blog posts so I (and others) can keep track of your posts, that´s the way I check all my favourite blogs 😀

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