A Healthy Polenta Recipe

  Marc and I love this recipe.  We have made it as an appetizer and served it at our dinner parties and have made it for a main dish for dinner when we don’t want something so filling.  It is easy, quick, and delicious.  I make this polenta dish a little different each time, depending on what’s in our refrigerator.

A roll of premade organic polenta from Trader Joes

1/2 of a red onion

3 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic

A bunch of kale and or frozen chopped spinach

Pesto or tomato sauce

Any type of cheese to melt on top

1/2 teaspoon of basil

1/2 teaspoon of thyme

1/4 teaspoon of oregano

Cannelini beans

Crumbled uncured bacon, if you dare

In a pan, sauté the fresh chopped red onion and garlic in some olive oil till onion is translucent.  Add chopped kale without the stems and frozen spinach or just one of these greens.  You could even try collard greens.  Add all the dry seasonings and a 1/2 can of the beans drained and rinsed.  Add either pesto sauce or tomato sauce and cook till greens are wilted and unfrozen.  On a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil spray, place slices of the polenta roll.  With a tablespoon, spoon on the mixture from the pan.  Top with shredded cheese.  I have used cheddar, dill havarti and goat cheese and whatever cheese you choose really changes the flavor of the dish.  Top with crumbled bacon if you like.  Place in the oven at 350 degrees just till the cheese is melted.  Plate these delicious polenta rounds and enjoy.