Whole grain cornmeal products are good sources of vitamins B6 and folate, which are so important during pregnancy. They're staples in a gluten-free diet and are associated with good bowel movements, healthy hearts and preventing obesity. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy cornmeal.
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Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve your polenta with a mushroom spinach sauté on top. Add your choice of 25% item. Mine would be feta cheese.
75% fiber foods – whole grain cornmeal, mushrooms, spinach
25% foods – oil, feta
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Plate polenta with black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro and jalapeño as directed in the recipe for a 100% fiber-rich meal.
75% fiber foods – whole grain cornmeal, black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño
25% foods – olive oil
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve your breakfast polenta as directed in the recipe - with an egg, tomatoes and spinach. Don't eat eggs? Use scrambled chickpeas instead.
75% fiber foods – tomatoes, spinach, whole grain cornmeal, chickpeas
25% foods – eggs
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Top the polenta with sheet-pan roasted veggies and chickpeas. Sliced fresh peaches would make a good dessert.
75% fiber foods – whole grain cornmeal, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, chickpeas, peaches
25% foods – olive oil, butter
Recipe Note: Use 1 tablespoon of oil and Earth Balance Lite Buttery Spread instead of butter to reduce the amount of fat in this recipe.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Plate your casserole with a generous serving of Everyday Mexican Salad and fresh guava or kiwi for dessert.
75% fiber foods – whole grain cornmeal, garlic, onion, diced tomatoes with chilis, black beans, cilantro, avocado, jalapeño, salad, guava or kiwi
25% foods – eggs, oil, cheese, dressing