The comforts of polenta

James Carrier
Low-fat ways with a favorite grain

Crusty polenta sticks

They say comfort food is fattening. Well, they're wrong ― at least when it comes to polenta. With very few belt-threatening fat calories, polenta cooks into a creamy porridge or bakes into crusty sticks with all the crunch you crave in fried foods. A few fresh green herbs turn it into a pretty casserole or main-dish topper for meaty portabella mushrooms.

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