Orange Polentina

Yield: 4 servings

This dish is a nice alternative to hot cereal or oatmeal – and just as quick. It’s also a great way to highlight fresh citrus, which is a wonderful way to infuse healthy dishes with bright flavor. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium orange
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup polenta or cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped tarragon (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Zest the orange to get 1 1/2 teaspoons; set zest aside. Remove the rest of the peel and the white pith with a sharp knife. Working  over a bowl, cut the segments from their surrounding membranes. Set aside for garnish.
  2. Combine water, milk, and salt in a large heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Gradually whisk in polenta and return to a boil. Put heat to low and maintain an even bubble for about 5 minutes, whisking until the polentina thickens. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest in a small bowl.
  4. Whisk the remaining 3 tablespoons honey and the remaining 1 teaspoon zest  into the polentina. Divide among 4 bowls and top with a dollop of yogurt mixture. Garnish with orange segments and sprinkle with tarragon, if desired. Serve immediately.

Source: Eating Well

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