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It might be noted that there has been a distinct lack of posts in the last few months.  This is for a variety of reasons, foremost being that I cant seem to remember to take any pictures when I am cooking (and what serious food blog posts without pictures of the process). The lack of pictures and posts however does not mean there has been any lack of cooking and eating.  Much to the chagrin of my pants, I may have put on a few extra over the past couple of months… :/

Therefore, I am going to be posting again, and its going to be under the banner of healthy food.  Tasty… Healthy… Food.  No cardboard here, I promise!

So lets dive in with my breakfast from today.  A healthy, hearty and filling dish, that falls in at a mere 354 calories per serving!

All you need for delicious and creamy breakfast polenta

Healthy and Hearty Breakfast Polenta

For the Polenta:

3/4 c. water

1/2 c. course ground yellow cornmeal (I used Goya brand when I created this, all cornmeal reacts slightly differently to polenta style preparation, just FYI)

1 1/2 c. 1% milk

1/2 tsp kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Toppings:

1/8 c. onion, diced

1/8 c. mushroom, thinly sliced

1/8 c. ham, diced

1 egg overeasy

To begin, bring the water to a boil over medium heat then slowly whisk in the cornmeal.  You will end with a very thick past like below.

After the initial addition of the corn meal

Reduce the heat slightly and whisk in the milk in 1/2 cup portions, allowing the mixture to come to a simmer between each addition.

 

After the addition of the initial 1/2 cup milk

After the final addition of the milk

At this point you may be wondering, this is going to be polenta!? It looks like corn meal suspended in a pool of warm milk, but yes, this will finish as a fantastically creamy polenta.  To get there, with a wooden spoon, mix in the salt and pepper, reduce heat to low, and cook slowly, stirring constantly to avoid clumping for 15-20 minutes.  When you are done the polenta will have thickened up nicely as below.

The polenta after it has thickened appropriately, and is ready to rest for a couple of minutes

At this point remove from heat and let set up for 2-4 minutes.  In the mean time sauté your onions mushrooms and ham in 1 tsp of butter, combine in a bowl with the polenta…

Polenta with onions, mushrooms, and ham

cook your egg in the same pan, and lay atop the whole creation.

Hearty and Healthy Breakfast Polenta, topped with onions, mushrooms, ham, and an over easy egg. Yum!!!

So there you have it, a hearty flavorful breakfast, that is guaranteed to please for about 350 calories!  Enjoy!!!

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