Looking for a budget-friendly side dish that's fit for a foodie? This low FODMAP creamy polenta has a rich, savoury flavour you're going to love!
I don't know about you, but sometimes I find myself stuck in a side dish rut! While I make a conscious effort to try new things regularly, sometimes a few recipes stick, and my poor husband ends up eating them on the regular.
So if you're in the mood for something a little different, and very, very tasty, you should try this easy low FODMAP polenta!
Just so you know, the trick to a light, fluffy polenta is to make sure you have the correct ratio of cornmeal to water. This will help the cornmeal absorb just enough water to create a creamy texture without making the grains soggy.
According to my research, you want about five parts water to one part cornmeal. So no eyeballing the measurements, please!
The thing I love about this polenta recipe is the mix of butter and parmesan. I find these two flavours give the polenta a rich, full flavour you don't get from something like mashed potatoes. Trust me, this recipe is going to stick for sure (sorry husband…).
Keep it FODMAP friendly
Shake up your side dish routine with this low FODMAP creamy polenta! Check out the notes below for tips on keeping this recipe low FODMAP.
First up, cornmeal. According to Monash University, cornmeal is low FODMAP in servings of 1 cup (255 g), cooked, per sitting. Though Monash hasn't listed a maximum serving size in their app.
According to the FODMAP Monash blog, foods with no maximum serving size can be eaten in larger servings without pushing you over your FODMAP limit. Check out their full explanation on the official Monash blog.
We'll also be using parmesan. According to the Monash app, hard cheeses like parmesan only have trace amounts of FODMAPs. That means you can eat as much as you'd like – from a FODMAP perspective, of course!
Last but not least, butter. Even though it's technically from the dairy family, butter doesn't have any FODMAPs (because it's all fat). Just check the label for added milk ingredients like “milk,” “milk solids,” “cream,” etc., and you're good to go!
Pick your headliner
Wondering what to serve with your new favourite side dish? Personally, I like to pair my polenta with savoury dishes like this low FODMAP pan-fried steak, this low FODMAP rosemary pork tenderloin, or these low FODMAP breaded pork chops.
But you can feel free to be creative and use it wherever you would typically use a starch. Make sure to tag me on Instagram @fodmapformula so I can see your creations!
Wondering how this creamy polenta stacks up? Check out the notes below to see how many servings of each FODMAP group are in 1/2 a cup of this recipe.
Lactose = 0
Fructan = 0
GOS = 0
Polyol = 0
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Looking for a simple side dish you can whip up in a flash? This creamy polenta will keep your taste buds and your tummy happy!
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded
- Place your water in a large saucepan and bring to a low boil. Slowly whisk in cornmeal and continue to stir until bubbles on the surface of the polenta start to pop. Then lower the heat and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta becomes thick and starts to pull away from the side of the pot (about 5o minutes).
- Once the polenta is cooked, add the salt, butter, and parmesan. Stir until they're fully incorporated. Serve immediately.
Recommended low FODMAP serving size – 1/2 cup
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 118
- Sugar: 0
- Sodium: 440
- Fat: 5
- Saturated Fat: 3
- Unsaturated Fat: 2
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 16
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 2
- Cholesterol: 12
Keywords: Creamy, Polenta, Basic Polenta, Polenta with Parmesan
You might also like one of these side dish recipes:
- Low FODMAP garlic-roasted mashed potatoes Looking for a show-stopping side-dish? Don't let the name fool you! Made with low FODMAP garlic-infused butter, these mashed potatoes are so good no one will know they're low FODMAP!
- Low FODMAP sweet potato fries Looking for a seriously satisfying side dish? These sweet potato fries are the perfect sidekick for all your favourite comfort foods!
- Low FODMAP chive and parmesan scones Looking for a cheeky side dish? These easy chive and parmesan scones are the savoury side
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