Late Summer Polenta

As we shift into late summer, the fifth season in Chinese medicine, we can enjoy an abundance of nutritious food the earth offers up. This season is associated with the color yellow, so what better in-season food to enjoy than corn?

One of my favorite takes on this mildly sweet vegetable is polenta, finely ground corn cooked into a thick paste.

To make polenta, all you need is

1 cup polenta
3 cups water
1/8-1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

*Mix 1/2 cup water with polenta.
*Boil the remainder of the water and gently pour into the polenta. Stir while pouring.
*Bring back to boil.
*Add salt and cover.
*Simmer 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Variations: Mix vegetables or raisins and nuts into cooking polenta. You can pour it into molds or cut it into squares when it has cooled.

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