Easy polenta with ham and salad


( 2 adults and 2 kids )

  • 300 gramsham strips
  • 1 literwater
  • 200 gramspolenta
  • 70 gramsgrated parmesan
  • 0.5 tbspdried oregano
  • 40 gramspumpkin seeds
  •  lettuce of your choice
  • 0.5 cauliflower
  • apples
  •  dressing of your choice
  •  salt
  •  pepper
  •  olive oil
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Polenta is an Italian classic! Especially in Northern Italy, where they eat polenta like we eat spuds. Polenta is a sort of flour made from corn seed, which we're jazzing up with parmesan and oregano for this recipe. We're serving the polenta with fried ham and salad, and it is REALLY tasty. Enjoy!


1. Cook the ham strips on a pan in some olive oil. While that's cosy on the pan over low heat, prep the rest.

2. Bring the water to the boil in a pot. Add polenta and stir well with a whisk. Once the polenta is thick, switch off the heat and add parmesan and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Roast the pumpkin seeds on a dry pan, until they start to "pop" and become light brown. Leave to cool off on a plate.

4. Rinse the lettuce. Remove stem and leaves from the cauliflower and break into little florets, or very thinly slice it with a knife or on a mandolin (mind your fingers - please!). Rinse the apples and cut into bite-sized chunks. Mix everything into a tasty salad and top with dressing of your choice.

5. Serve the polenta on a plate topped with ham, with the salad on the side.

6. Enjoy!


Tasks for kids in the kitchen: Let your kids help cut the apples. They can also stir the polenta. And definitely have them help with tasting - that makes it a lot easier to try new dishes.

Polenta can also be known as cornmeal, and can be found on the aisle with flours and oats in the supermarket.

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