The comforts of polenta

Low-fat ways with a favorite grain
CHRISTINE WEBER HALE

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.