Food Review: Quinoa Polenta

Quinoa tops my list for favorite whole grains because it's so high in protein and fiber — 1/4 cup dry quinoa contains six grams of each. I'm also a huge fan of polenta, so I was stunned with excitement when I came upon Quinoa Polenta. Two delicious foods coming together as one. "Simply brilliant," I thought, and placed it in my cart immediately.


It's made with both red and black quinoa so I was certain it'd be outstanding. To find out if it lived up to my high expectations, read more.

I'm happy to say that I now have a new favorite polenta. This Quinoa Polenta has a hearty flavor, and when I cooked slices of it in a pan with a little oil, it turned out crispier than the other flavors I've tried. Crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Even my kids loved it. As you can see, it's low in calories, has no fat or cholesterol, and has a decent amount of protein. I thought this Quinoa Polenta would have tons more fiber than the Basil Garlic flavor I usually buy, but it doesn't have much. Oh well, but it is fairly low in sodium, which is great if high blood pressure runs in your family.

Serving Size Quinoa Polenta Basil Garlic Polenta
Serving Size 5 2.5-inch slices 5 2.5-inch slices
Calories 80 71
Total Fat 0 g 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 mg
Sodium 270 mg 310 mg
Carbs 16 g 15 g
Fiber 1 g 1 g
Sugars 0 g 1 g
Protein 2 g 2 g

I'd definitely recommend trying this Quinoa Polenta. Polenta is made from corn meal so it's also gluten and dairy free. Buy a tube for around $4 and substitute slices for pasta, or make creamy polenta by heating it with water, milk, or veggie broth.

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