Grilled Polenta with Corn & Avocado Salsa

While this dish will appeal to the vegan and vegetarian clients, we highly recommend it to everyone as a meat-free Monday option. Polenta is under-rated as a carbohydrate, perhaps people just do not know how to prepare it. It takes 5-6 minutes to cook and can be enjoyed as is, but we compacted it and allowed it to set so that we could portion it and lightly fry it for a full-flavoured, filling and deeply satisfying dish.

Serves 2

Calories per serving = 333 kCal

Macros per serving:

  • FATS – 19.4g
    • of which saturates 3.1g
  • CARBS – 27.1g
    • of which sugars 13.6g
  • PROTEIN – 7.8g

Ingredients:

½ cup polenta
1 tsp mustard powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely diced
¼ red onion, finely diced
¼ red pepper, diced
½ cucumber, diced
½ avocado, diced
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 lime, juiced
1 TB olive oil, plus additional 1 tsp to fry polenta
salt and pepper
1 TB coriander, finely chopped
2 handfuls rocket, to serve

Method:

  1. Cook the polenta in 400ml boiling water. It only takes 5-6 minutes, so add the mustard powder and cayenne pepper in just before all the water has evaporated and the polenta is cooked. Stir well and place into a small, greased baking dish – one that will allow the polenta to come up at least 2cm high (we used one that was approx. 12cm x 18cm). Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes while you prepare the salsa.
  2. Put the corn in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
  3. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and add the cooled corn.
  4. To finish the polenta, remove from the fridge and divide into two portions. Heat a teaspoon olive oil in a frying pan and fry the polenta portions until caramelised on both sides.
  5. Place the polenta cakes onto each place and top with the salsa. Serve with rocket.

 

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