Some of the kinds of recipes you often ask me for include: AIP compliant, vegetarian, and cheap!
Traditional polenta is made from ground corn, so while it is gluten-free and pretty cheap, it is not AIP compliant.
The AIP diet, or Autoimmune Protocol diet, is used to reduce symptoms caused by autoimmune diseases by avoiding foods that trigger inflammation in your gut.
If you know me, you know that I’m all about healing the gut, so even if you’re not following the Autoimmune Protocol diet, reducing inflammation and restoring gut health is something that I think everyone should be doing!
It’s important to know that gut health is vital to your overall health, so poor gut health, including leaky gut, may be the culprit in any number of symptoms or ailments you experience in your body, including autoimmune flare-ups.
Due to a variety of reasons – the standard American diet, conventional farming, environmental factors, and more – our digestive systems have a lot to handle.
So even if you aren’t managing an autoimmune condition, you may still be seeing other common symptoms of an unhealthy gut. These could include chronic bloating and either diarrhea, constipation, or both, food sensitivities, acne, or headaches and migraines.
You can read more about these symptoms and what to do about them in my 5 Common Symptoms of Leaky Gut article.
But back to this keto cauliflower polenta recipe…which is not only delicious, but it (maybe surprisingly!) checks all of the boxes of being paleo, Keto, AIP compliant, gut healthy, AND cheap and easy to make! All it takes is:
- Processing the cauliflower down
- Adding all ingredients together in a large skillet
- Cook 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cauliflower is cooked through and liquid is absorbed
I personally think cauliflower has gotten a bad wrap ever since we’ve started making all of our comfort foods out of it — pizza crust, rice, mashed potatoes, you name it — but it’s such a versatile, affordable, and easy to make ingredient for anyone who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle or needs to actively avoid certain ingredients.
When comparing this to a traditional corn-based polenta, cauliflower also has less calories than corn, is heavier in protein, and is lighter in carbs, making this a healthy alternative to the classic version. Cauliflower also has a more impressive nutrient profile, and is rich in sulfur compounds which are proving to have anti-cancer properties. This recipe is truly an all-around win.
One of my favorite ways to serve this polenta is with a high quality meat – like slow cooked short ribs with veggies and a generous serving of ghee or butter. Delicious!
If you like this Keto Cauliflower Polenta recipe and want to start incorporating more gut healthy foods into your diet, make sure to download my free 101 Gut Healing Foods list. Different foods can affect your health both positively and negatively….but small adjustments can lead to big changes!
With this list of 101 foods, you’ll know exactly what to focus on for a healthy gut so you can eliminate bloating, headaches, skin conditions, alleviate autoimmune flare-ups, and overall feel better and more comfortable and confident in your body. Download it now!