This week’s recipe is an experiment with polenta. Prior to cooking this, I had not even tried polenta, but decided to be brave and see what it was like as it meets our dietary needs quite well. First, it was really easy to make. Although, looking at it in the pan, I worried it might taste like flan (which I definitely don’t like). I was pleasantly surprised to see the texture change when I poured it into the bowl to set up. It suddenly appeared to be much more like cornbread (which I definitely DO like!).

I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Corn Grits/Polenta  for this dish and topped it with my very own homemade marinara sauce. The real question was whether or not my son and husband would dare to try this dish. We all agreed it looks a bit more like a dessert than dinner, but that it definitely didn’t taste like dessert. Nicholas really liked this, which is great because he has been in a very picky eating stage lately. Nicholas rated it 100 Thumbs Up! My husband was eager to take it work the next day for his lunch; a sure sign that he enjoyed it too!

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Polenta with Garlic-Free Marinara Sauce (Nicholas Rating = 100 Thumbs Up!)

To make the polenta –

6 cups water

1 tsp salt

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic Corn Grits/Polenta

3 Tbsp ghee

Canola Oil spray

In a large deep pan over high heat, bring water and salt to a boil; stir in the polenta.

Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring frequently to avoid sticking, until mixture is very thick (about 30 minutes). Be sure to use a long-handled spoon to avoid burns from the popping and bubbling mixture!

Stir in the ghee and additional salt, if you prefer.

Spray a medium-sized bowl with canola oil spray. Spoon polenta into the bowl and let set for 10 minutes.

Invert onto a flat plate; mixture should continue to hold shape of the bowl.

Cut polenta into thick slices (like cake) and serve hot topped with marinara sauce.

To make the Marinara Sauce –

(2) 15 oz. cans Organic S&W Tomato Sauce

(1) 6 oz. can Organic S&W Tomato Paste

1 organic brown onion, finely diced

4 Tbsp McCormicks Italian Seasoning

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp sea salt

1 pkg Truvia sugar

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for at least 30 minutes.