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Secrets to the healthy grain Polenta- low fat and versatile !

Polenta

An Italian accompaniment dish made from ground maize, polenta makes a great change from serving pasta and potatoes.

There are three different types of polenta sold in supermarkets and delis. Traditional polenta takes around 40 minutes to cook, and it does need to be stirred while it’s on the stove.
Supermarkets sell instant polenta, which can be brought to the table, piping hot, in less than 10 minutes. 
If all this seems too much like hard work, check out the ready-to-use pre-cooked variety. It’s sold in good delis as a slab or a roll.

My ingredients

Polenta 50g
250ml water
Prawns 60g
Light chive Philadelphia 30g
Brocolli
Tomatoes
Peas
Carrots

HOW TO PREPARE 
Because traditional polenta takes longer to cook, it’s an idea to get hold of a sturdy saucepan, which isn’t likely to scorch.
As a rough guide, allow 50g polenta per person and about 250ml water for cooking.
Add the polenta in a thin steady stream into a saucepan of boiling water. Don’t forget to stir it constantly, or it might go lumpy on you.
When cooked, polenta has a smooth, creamy texture and comes away from the sides of the pan.

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If you don’t like my serving suggestion why not try these yummy alternatives ?

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

Serve it softly set, straight from the pan, with a hearty casserole or rich sauce.
You can also leave it to cool on a tray before cutting into fingers and deep frying.

Ring the changes – try using polenta instead of flour for a nutty, slightly crunchy flavour in cakes and biscuits.

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Creamy Tomato Polenta

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Mediterranean vegetable stack with chargrilled polenta and sauce vierge

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mediterraneanvegetab_86234

Crispy polenta cake

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/crispypolentacake_84562

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Crispy salmon, polenta chips and grilled asparagus

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/crispy_salmon_polenta_67895

Baked Banana Crisps

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Ingredients

3 Bananas
Lemon juice
Water
Cinnamon

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 175-200ºF and prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper, aluminium foil or a silicone sheet.

2. Peel and slice the bananas. Make sure they’re all fairly much the same slice width, to ensure even cooking.

3. Brush with lemon juice mixed with just a little water to prevent excessive browning of the bananas and adds a slight tang.

4. Arrange the slices across the lined baking tray and do not allow the slices to touch.

5. If you want sprinkle with a little cinnamon and salt.

6. Place the sheet in the oven.

7. Test after an hour to see if you like the consistency; if not, continue baking. Baking times may vary depending on the thickness of the slices.

8. Remove from the oven. Set aside to cool. Most likely the banana chips will be soft and oozing but in cooling, they’ll harden up and become crispy.
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ENJOY!!

Healthy homemade tortilla pizzas!

Healthy Homemade pizzas 

Serves 1

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Tortilla
1 tbsp Tomato purée
2 tbsp Passata
Optional sauces / flavours
BBQ sauce
Pesto
Optional toppings
Pepperoni
Cooked Chicken
Rocket
Basil
Grated Cheese
Ham
Pineapple
Tuna
Mozzarella

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Directions

1.Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees

2.Mix the purée & passata then if you want with the pesto or BBQ sauce

Spread the mix over the tortilla
Choose your toppings and add to the pizza
Put in the oven on a pre heated baking tray for 15 mins

Take out and sprinkle extra cheese and then pop back in for a few more minutes
Enjoy!
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