Low-Carb Diets Side Dishes Easy Low-Carb Almond Meal Polenta or Grits By Laura Dolson Updated March 19, 2017 Share Pin Email Print Mix grits with cheese and bacon for a real treat!. Lauri Patterson/E+/Getty Images More in Low-Carb Diets Side Dishes Basics Food Lists Carb Counts for Common Foods Low-Carb Cooking Tips for Dining Out Nutrition Desserts Product Reviews Atkins Diet Information Menus Main Dishes Recipes Snacks Low-Carb Recipes Popular Diet Plans Glossary View All (10 ratings) Total Time 8 min Prep 3 min, Cook 5 min Yield 5 servings Almond Meal Polenta If you can boil water, you can make this easy low-carb soft polenta or grits recipe. Even better, it can be made in many different ways.This recipe uses almond meal, also known as almond flour, instead of high-carb cornmeal as the base for the classic Italian dish which includes Parmesan cheese (see serving suggestion below).But since the almond meal basically mimics a corn meal mush, it can be flavored similar to grits or other soft corn meal recipes. It can even be made sweet into a kind of pudding with berries or other flavorings.Additionally, with a little more or less water, it can be made thinner or thicker. Thinned a bit, it makes a serviceable cheese sauce for vegetables. Ingredients 1 cup almond meal or almond flour (they are essentially the same thing) 1 cup water Salt (about 1/4 teaspoon if you're using the cheese, which is salty and 1/2 teaspoon salt otherwise) 1/3 cup freshly grated good-quality Parmesan cheese (if you are using a microplane grater, which makes it fluffier, use about 2/3 cup) (Do NOT use the dried grated cheese from the shelf!) Pepper to taste Preparation In a medium saucepan, place 1 cup almond meal (same as almond flour), 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt if using Parmesan cheese or 1/2 teaspoon salt otherwise.Whisk until almond meal is free of lumps. Bring to boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally. Once mixture is boiling, whisk continuously for 1 to 2 minutes, until it visibly thickens.Remove from heat, and whisk in 1/3 cup freshly grated good-quality Parmesan cheese, whisking until it is fully melted. Add pepper to taste. Pour into a serving dish or, if you would like to cut the polenta, pour hot polenta into a 9x9-inch pan lightly coated with olive oil. When the polenta solidifies, you can cut it into squares, fry it lightly in a little olive oil and serve crispy.Notes"Polenta" will thicken as it cools. The thickness also varies somewhat depending upon how refined the almond meal is. If you want it thinner, simply add a little more water.Polenta reheats fine, but it's drier, so add a little more water if you do this. Also, note that it is more filling than regular polenta or grits, so you'll probably want a smaller serving size.Serving SuggestionMy favorite way to serve this polenta is with sautéed greens (spinach, chard, kale, etc), often with one or more of the following: onions, mushrooms, bacon, garlic. Makes about 5 servings.Nutritional Information: Each serving has 2 grams effective carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 138 calories. Rate this Recipe You've already rated this recipe. Thanks for your rating! Show Full Article Up Next Up Next Article The Many Uses of Almond Flour and Meal Up Next Recipe These Gluten-Free Pancakes use almond meal for a healthier breakfast Up Next Recipe This Low-Carb Tamale Pie Recipe is Easy and Delicious Comfort Food Up Next Article Making a Frittata is Easy!