That said, VB6 does have some tasty, healthy, and easy recipes in it, so it's worth having for that aspect. These corn cakes are a great example. The cakes themselves are vegan, and you can dress them up with any Mexican toppings you like - or, some fresh fruit and yogurt would be great as well for a sweet option. I was impressed at how well the corn cakes held together without any egg to bind them, and I loved the bits of fresh corn in the cakes to keep things interesting. We had this dish for brunch, but depending on the toppings you use, I think this could work for pretty much any meal.
Mexican Corn Cakes (adapted from Mark Bittman's VB6)
1 cup polenta
1/2 cup whole grain corn flour (such as Bob's Red Mill brand)
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Boiling water (at least 2 cups)
1-1/2 T olive oil
1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
To finish: refried beans, sour cream, avocado, and green onions
1. Heat the oven to warm (or whatever the lowest setting is).
2. Combine the polenta, corn flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in 1-1/2 cups of boiling water. Let the mixture sit until the cornmeal absorbs the water, 5-10 minutes. Stir in the oil and more boiling water, until the mixture forms a loose batter (I used about 1/2 cup more, your mileage may vary). Stir in the corn.
3. Put a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, spray with a little oil. Working in batches, spoon the batter into the pan. When the bottoms are brown, carefully flip (the cakes are somewhat fragile). After the second side is browned, transfer to a plate and stash in the oven until all the cakes are cooked.
4. Serve topped with refried beans, sour cream, avocado, and green onions - or your favorite Mexican toppings.