My carnivore loves starchy sides. And who am I kidding, so do I. But, I can't have pasta or potatoes every night. Polenta is a great alternative. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this super side dish, is native to Northern Italy. But what is it? Polenta is a creamy cornmeal. I think the carnivore likes it because of his Italian roots, and I like it because it reminds me of a southern favorite - cheese grits. In any case, it is a great comfort food that will please anyone. There are many instant versions available at most grocery stores these days (in the aisle with pastas and sauces). But, it is easy to make it from scratch. Simply, boil 4 cups of salted water. Stir in the raw polenta until it thickens - about 5 mintues. Add in 4 tbls of butter and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Let set for about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Serve as is or with more butter and parmesan for topping. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you have leftovers, they can be made into cakes and fried in a pan for a twist.
Polenta is great with pizza steak (our version of pizzailoa steak) and green beans. I also like to serve it when the carnivore has roast and I have roasted veggies.