Polenta Pizza

Categories: Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Vegetables, Vegetarian

polenta_pizza

Polenta Pizza
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 75 mins
Serves 6

Ingredients:
3 cups cornmeal
5 cups water
2 tsp salt

6 tomatoes
2 large onions
1 small green pepper
4 cloves garlic
6 ounces olives
6 artichoke hearts, quartered
2 handfuls fresh basil

2-3 cups grated cheese
Black pepper

Method:
To make the polenta, put 2 cups of the cornmeal in a heavy bottomed pot and slowly add the water. Stir carefully to avoid lumps. Add the salt and cook on a medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Stir often, especially towards the end. When the polenta stiffens and pulls away from the side of the pan, it is cooked. Now stir in the other cup of cornmeal or as much as s needed to make a very stiff mixture. Press the polenta firmly in to a large greased baking tray (~14 inch diameter). The polenta should be about a half inch thick. Bake in a very hot over (450°F) for about 20 minutes or until the surface feels crusty. Meanwhile roughly chop the onions, pepper and tomatoes. Fry the onions gently until they start to soften, then add the other ingredients and cook for 3-4 minutes adding the basil at the last minute. Take the polenta base out of the oven, spoon the topping evenly over the surface and cover with grated cheese. Return to the oven at 375°F and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with a green salad and sprinkle with fresh black pepper.

Energetic:
Cornmeal — neutral sweet, Tonifies qi, strengthens stomach and spleen, benefits heart, diuretic, stimulates the flow of bile
Salt – cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative
Tomatoes – slightly cool, sweet and sour, promote body fluids, quench thirst, strengthen stomach, aids digestion, cool blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms liver, removes stagnant food
Onions — Warm, pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Green pepper– hot, pungent, warms the internal region, increases appetite, promotes digestion, and affects the heart and spleen
Garlic — hot, pungent, antiviral, antifungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and blood, reduces abscess
Olives — neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes production of body fluids, quenches thirst, clears lungs, benefits the throat
Artichoke hearts — sweet, bitter, cooling, regulates liver qi, clears liver heat, promotes digestions, benefits liver and gallbladder, dried dampness
Fresh basil — warm, pungent, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach
Black pepper – hot, pungent, pushes downward, warms the internal regions, affects the stomach and large intestines

This is a well balanced and broadly nourishing meal. It acts on qi and blood. Corn is nourishing to the kidney, stomach, and heart and is also mildly diuretic. It provides a good counterbalance to the moistening action of the tomatoes. The cheese has a rich nourishment element and is balanced by the decongesting action of the onion, pepper and garlic.