Polenta with mushrooms & crushed walnuts

Polenta with mushrooms & crushed walnuts

This Polenta with mushrooms and crushed walnuts is gluten-free and perfect fhe Autumn! A  delicious vegan autumnal recipe, is delicious a nd great for non-vegna alike!! It is perfect for those chilly nights in, when you want something comforting but don’t feel like cooking, and it is a great addition for dinner parties, for those last minute vegan and gluten-free friends.

Polenta is gluten-free and can be ready in only few minutes ( if you use the brand that I recommend below) so it great to have in your kitchen cupboard. It is fancy enough to be used in more sophisticated recipes to impress your friends for dinner, but humble enough to use as a substitute to mash potatoes, to accompany stews ad sauces.

Polenta is basically a type of corn flour, originally from northern Italy. The good point is that once cooked it really fills itself with water, meaning that you can to use a small quantity for a single serving. The downside is that it has very few fibers and a higher GI ( similar to that of white potatoes).

Healthy tip. Make sure you add lots of vegetables or a protein rich sauce to lower its sugar release. Eat in moderate quantities.

Polenta with mushrooms & crushed walnuts

October 21, 2018
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A vegan, gluten-free, autumnal recipe, perfect for a comforting meal in or dinner party.

Ingredients
  • Ingredients (serves two)
  • 50 grams of ( precooked) polenta (Polenta valsugana)
  • 1 packet of brown mushrooms
  • 1/2 a carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 walnuts
  • Extra-virgin olive oil-
  • a bit of organic stock cube ( kalo)
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash and slice the mushrooms, and place them in a small non-stick pan, with a little of olive oil and the garlic and carrot chopped up.
  • Step 2 Let them cook adding a small amount of water and a tad of crumbled stock cube.
  • Step 3 In the meantime cook the polenta according to the packet instructions. You will have to stir it continuously, but only for 3 minutes, so it is possible.
  • Step 4 When the polenta is ready place it in a serving plate, add the mushrooms and crushed walnuts. Enjoy!

The benefits of mushrooms

Mushrooms are naturally rich in selenium, vitamins B and some vitamin D2, which makes them great for supporting general health and the immune system. 

Some mushrooms are more nutrients dense than others and much will depends on the soil on which they are grown. Shittake are some of the most nutrients dense mushrooms and they are really delicious. They are a bit expensive, but to reduce the cost you simply add them and mix them up with other types of mushrooms to add extra nutrients.

Food combinations

For autumn and winter meals, mushrooms are great combined with seasonal orange foods like pumpkins and sweet potatoes, but they are a great combination with many other winter vegetables like greens, chard, potatoes, rocket, swede, carrots, cauliflower and courgettes.

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