Take water, a bag of cornmeal, a zucchini, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper and turn it into a filling, lip smacking, yummy, warm, vegan comfort food, that comes together so fast and tastes wonderful.
Whole-grains, gluten-free, plant-based, no-oil. Tastes a bit like thanksgiving.
Use a food processor to prepare the zucchini, peel it first if serving picky children, throw it in some boiling water with the seasonings, add cornmeal, stir and wait 5 minutes for the cornmeal to cook.
Very simple. Very cozy. Very smooth and full of taste.
Great recipe to try on a night you are running late and looking for a fast, easy, simple, vegan carb/starch side-dish for your supper.
Grate or food process zucchini. Peel first if serving to picky children, or picky adults. Add zucchini and water to a large saucepan, stir to combine and bring to a boil.
Add salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, and nutritional yeast, if using.
With water / zucchini and spices bubbling, add cornmeal in a thin stream, stirring with a wooden spoon to incorporate.
Turn heat to low. Keep stirring over low heat for at least 5 minutes as the cornmeal cooks and loses it's raw taste. It thickens into polenta very quickly, which is why it is important to have the seasonings in the liquid before the cornmeal. Otherwise it is tricky to stir it all together.
Taste test (blow on it, don't burn your tongue!) and adjust seasonings to your preference.
After the cornmeal has been cooking, it should get thick, turn off heat, let it sit 5 more minutes, then it should be ready to serve. The longer the polenta sits, the thicker it will get and the herbs will mellow out. Oregano can be quite strong, I find it tastes better the longer it sits, and is really nice as leftovers.
Snip green onions or chives overtop when serving, some people like this with freshly squeezed lemon as well, or cranberry sauce.
Stir in black beans before serving if you are looking to add a vegan protein.
Serving ideas, with:
carrots sautéed in water, add spinach and fresh dill when carrots are almost done.
kidney beans or chickpeas and canned mushrooms microwaved in a steamer dish, seasoned with cumin or chili powder and freshly squeezed lemon.
a nice dark leafy greens salad.