Creamy Polenta with Sweet Corn

This is the first recipe in a series of Healthy Comfort Foods for the Holidays! Corn polenta is full of complex carbohydrates, which will help stave off sugar cravings during the holiday season.

This is a soft-cooked polenta recipe that calls for more liquid than the typical polenta recipe. The result is a very soft, sweet, and creamy dish (with no milk or cream added!) that is easy to digest and popular with children and adults. I use 5 cups water to 1 cup polenta. Many recipes only use 2-3 cups water, leaving the polenta undercooked and gritty.

I recommend using a flame tamer or heat diffuser to prevent burning. If you don’t have one, just be sure to use a heavy-bottomed pot (like an enamel-coated cast iron pot) on a very low flame.

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At home we often eat polenta for breakfast with a sprinkle of iron-rich shiso powder and a side of greens or miso soup. But we also have it for lunch and dinner, perhaps topped with pesto, or eaten with a side of beans and avocado. It is an easy, nutritious item for child’s lunchbox that you can keep warm in a thermos, and leftovers are great heated up the next day.

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Polenta with sweet corn and broccoli sprinkled with shiso powder

To warm up leftover polenta, heat up enough water to cover a small saucepan until simmering. Add the amount you’d like to heat up, turn to low, cover, and steam for 2 or 3 minutes. Turn heat off and let sit until ready to eat. Stir to mix any remaining water in the bottom of the pan. For a greener variation, add some chopped broccoli or kale greens to the simmering water before adding the polenta.

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Isabel making polenta with chopped broccoli

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I recently made this dish for a friend who is undergoing cancer treatment and needs foods that are nourishing and easy to digest. She loved it!

Creamy Polenta with Sweet Corn
 
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Recipe type: Grain
Cuisine: Macrobiotic
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry corn polenta
  • 5 cups spring or filtered water, divided
  • ½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt, or more to taste
  • kernels from 1 ear sweet corn or 1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or grass-fed butter (optional)
  • a few pinches shiso powder
Instructions
  1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, whisk together polenta, 3 cups water, and sea salt.
  2. Turn heat to medium. Stir constantly while polenta comes to a boil to prevent sticking or clumping.
  3. Gradually add the remaining 2 cups of water and sweet corn, stirring constantly. Turn heat down to prevent polenta from splattering.
  4. Lower heat, cover, and simmer with a flame tamer beneath pot for 20-30 minutes, or until polenta is thick, soft, and creamy.
  5. Stir in olive oil or butter, if desired. Season with additional sea salt if needed.
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of shiso powder.
Variations
  1. Add finely chopped broccoli to the polenta during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  2. Serve with sautéed zucchini, mushrooms, or kale.
  3. Make in a pressure cooker by adding polenta, 5 cups water, sea salt, and corn all at once. Put pressure cooker lid on and bring up to pressure on medium heat. Turn to low and cook for 5 minutes more. Turn off heat and let come down from pressure naturally. Remove lid and stir in olive oil or butter, if desired.

 

Delicious Macrobiotic Brown Rice

Brown rice is flavorful and delicious when made in the macrobiotic style. First the rice is washed and scoured, then soaked for a minimum of 6 hours. Then the rice is cooked in fresh water over low heat with sea salt or kombu until rice is simmering. Next, the rice is boiled at medium-high heat, turned to low, and cooked with a heat diffuser or flame tamer for 50 minutes more. Lastly, keep the lid on the pot for 15 minutes after the heat is turned off. The rice will continue to steam. This sounds like a long time to cook rice, but this method ensures that the rice is fully cooked and chewy rather than crunchy and unevenly cooked! See video below for more instruction.

Delicious Macrobiotic Brown Rice
 
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Recipe type: Grain
Serves: 6 cups
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  • 2 cups organic short or medium grain brown rice
  • spring or filtered water
  • pinch unrefined sea salt or 1 inch square piece kombu
Instructions
  1. Measure rice into glass bowl and wash with filtered water three times. Scour the rice with your hands to remove dust and debris with each wash. After third wash, drain completely and pour in 3 cups fresh water. Soak for 6-8 hours or overnight, covered with a plate or towel.
  2. Drain soaking water into a measuring cup and note amount of water. Discard soaking water and measure the same amount of fresh water.
  3. Transfer rice to heavy-bottomed pot with heavy lid. Add measured fresh water and pinch of sea salt or kombu. Put lid on pot, turn flame to low and let cook gently 15 minutes.
  4. Turn heat to medium-high until rice is boiling, then turn back to low, place flame tamer (heat diffuser) underneath pot, and simmer for another 50 minutes without removing the lid.
  5. Turn off heat and let rice sit covered for about 10-15 minutes before opening pot.
Variation
  1. Add ½ cup toasted, chopped pecans sprinkled with shoyu or tamari to cooked rice.

 

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