Return to Spring Cleaning via Creamy Polenta with Oranges & Almonds

Creamy Polenta with Oranges & Almonds

Seems like everyone’s captivated with decluttering their lives. I too have jumped on the let’s simplify life  bandwagon.  But  lately, everytime I take one step forward,  I take several backwards.

My latest upset…


Lightning strikes again! Needless to say, simplifying life will have to wait, and  I can hardly believe it’s my day for the Recipe Redux. (Time flys when your having fun, lol).

 But here’s the good news! This month’s theme  is helping me get back on track with Spring cleaning: Today we’re giving  love to ingredients that have been hanging out for awhile in the  pantry, refrigerator or freezer.

Admittedly, I found two unopened bags of cornmeal sitting in on a shelf in my pantry  waiting for attention;  surely there are ways to enjoy cornmeal other than the occasional loaf of cornbread?!  Enter my signed copy of  the Vegetarian Flavor Bible which is  the inspiration behind this harmonious combination of ingredients (stay tuned for my upcoming book review) …Creamy Polenta with Oranges & Almonds

Ta da!   Yes, this porridge  tastes as good as it looks and  one serving provides: 294 calories, 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and is a good source of vitamin C.  For me, it’s the new alternative to oatmeal. Make this delicious  breakfast in 15 minutes any day of the week,  and/or be the hostess with the mostest the next time you have visitors over a long weekend.

Please check out the links at the bottom of this post to see how spring cleaning is inspiring my  friends and colleagues.

How are you simplifying life?

What ingredients have you been neglecting?

Creamy Polenta with Oranges & Almonds

Creamy Polenta with Oranges & Almonds; serves 4

cooking time: 5 minutes

Prep time : 10 minutes

by Diane Boyd


  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal, made with whole grain corn
  • 1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 6 Tablespoons organic agave nectar, divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


1. Zest the orange; you will need 2 teaspoons of orange zest. Set aside.

2. Peel orange and break into segments. Cut segments into thirds. Set aside.

3.Combine Greek yogurt, 1 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar and 1/2 teaspoon orange zest. Set aside.

4. Combine water, milk, and salt in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil.

5. Add corn meal in a thin stream stirring continuously.

6. Cook while stirring until corn meal  thickens and separates from the sides of the pan. (May take anywhere from 1 minute to 5 minutes.)

7. Remove from heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar and 1/2 teaspoon orange zest. Divide between 4 bowls.

8. Top each bowl with yogurt mixture , orange segments and toasted almonds.

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Post Resistance Recovery Snack: Pineapple Greek Yogurt with Granola

Stop working harder. Start working smarter and seeing results. In my last post, Get in Shape: No Additional Time Required, I discuss the  the concept of living healthier by making small changes or swaps that add up to permanent change and real results. This post is for you if you’d like maximize training gains after a bout of resistance/strength training.  Muscle protein synthesis can be upregulated  by paying attention to three factors: time of recovery, amount of protein and type of protein.  So 30 minutes after a series of strength exercises like this 

lunge with rotation via
This lunge with rotation is one of a series of strength exercises I perform with a medicine ball in my garage that doubles as a gym.

I aim to get  20-30 grams of (high branch chain a.a.) protein  in a snack like thisPineapple Greek Yogurt with Granola

Pineapple Greek Yogurt with GranolaI hope you will join me with this  recovery snack after your next bout of strength training!

Pineapple Yogurt Parfait with Coconut Mango Granola

by Diane Boyd

makes 1 yogurt parfait with granola to spare


    for the granola

    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, (GF look for gluten free label)
    • 2 tablespoons quinoa, rinsed
    • 1/4 cup peanuts
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
    • 1 egg white
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
    • 1Tablespoon honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
    • 1/3 cup chopped dried mango

    for the yogurt

    • 6 ounces low fat vanilla Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, packed in its own juice


    for the granola

    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

    2. Place ingredients oats through sea salt in a small bowl and stir to combine.

    3. Pour onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minute or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes.

    4. Allow to cool. Add lime zest and dried mango. Store in an air tight container.

    to assemble parfait

    1. Layer three ounces of yogurt, pineapple and remaining yogurt in a parfait glass. Top with 2 tablepoons of granola.

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