Turning food into french fries instantly makes them more appealing..case in point? This baked millet polenta fries recipe.
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I’m always talking about how the texture of food totally changes everything, and can turn a food you normally wouldn’t touch into one that you crave (see Sweet Potato Spaghetti). Polenta is simply cornmeal that’s boiled into a porridge like consistency, and then cooled into a log shape that can then be sliced. Boiled and solidified cornmeal doesn’t sound exciting, but the texture and consistency of that stuff makes it just heavenly.
This recipe is made with millet instead of the typical corn. (I’m not a huge fan of corn, although I do have it on occasion, and when I do, it’s always organic, to avoid GMOs). If you can find organic corn polenta, you could use that, although cooking times may vary.
Millet is a whole grain that resembles quinoa when dry, but when cooked, tastes much different. It can become fluffy like rice or creamy like polenta, depending on how much water you use to cook it. And when you dry roast it prior to cooking, it develops a delicious nutty flavor.
This recipe for baked polenta fries is easy to make and would make a fun side or even a healthy party appetizer.
*NOTE: For most healthy people, a small amount of millet here and there can fit into an overall healthy diet. However, for people with thyroid issues or iodine deficiency, it’s best to avoid millet, as it may produce goitrogenic effects and cause issues with the thyroid. (source).
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
She writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.