Meatless Monday Recipe – Baked Polenta Fries with Marinara Sauce

31 Mar

Who said fries can’t be healthy?  For those of you who don’t know what polenta is, it’s cornmeal and can be found in a roll shape in the Italian section of most grocery stores.  Oh yes, and it’s gluten-free as well.  Why not try this Italian version of baked “french” fries next time you’re in the mood for some?




  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 18 ounce package prepared polenta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • a little marinara sauce, for dipping (you can make your own or buy prepared in the grocery store).


Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.

Grind the salt and basil together in a mortar and pestle or with the back side of a large knife.

Unwrap the polenta. Cut in half, then cut the halves in half. Cut the quarters into slices the shape of French fries.

Place the chopped polenta in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss with the basil sea salt and pepper to taste.

Place the seasoned fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with a little more salt and pepper if desired.

Bake for 20 minutes and flip for maximum browning and beauty. Cook 6-8 minutes more on their other side, or until the fries reach a desired level of doneness.

Take the polenta fries out of the oven and place onto a paper towel or brown paper bag to absorb the remaining oil.

Serve alongside marinara sauce for dipping, if desired, and enjoy!


Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!



One Response to “Meatless Monday Recipe – Baked Polenta Fries with Marinara Sauce”

  1. tashasnaturalbar April 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    How clever! This looks yummy:) Thx for the recipe!

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