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Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake

By Thepickyeater @pickyeaterblog

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The husband has been traveling a lot for work recently.

That means a lot of eating out and running around, neither of which are very comforting or satisfying.

So when he came home from his latest trip, I wanted a dish that was the epitome of comfort food. I was thinking lasagna, but I wanted a slight twist on that recipe – to mix things up a bit.

After some extensive online searching for inspiration, I came across this great recipe from EatingWell.com that turned out to be exactly what I was looking for!

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I love polenta – I feel like it adds a great texture and flavor to dishes, especially when paired with cheese

:)

For this recipe I used parmesan cheese, but you could also use mozzarella or maybe even goat cheese would be interesting. Either way, you will end up with a hearty, filling, lasagna-esque dish that takes about 45 minutes to make (including baking time!) I modified the EatingWell recipe, so my modified version is below.

The husband loved it. He said it was the perfect dinner to come home to after a long trip.

The Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 zucchini, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8-10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce (make sure to get one that’s all-natural, with no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 16 ounces prepared polenta, sliced lengthwise into 6 thin slices (I used Trader Joe’s organic polenta – picture below)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese, divided

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The Directions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 450 degree F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, zucchini, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

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Step 2: Add spinach; cook until wilted, stirring once, about 3 minutes.

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Step 3: Stir marinara sauce into the vegetables and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in basil.

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Step 4: Slice polenta, and place polenta slices in a single layer in the prepared baking dish, trimming to fit if necessary.

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Step 5: Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese, top with the zucchini/spinach mixture and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup cheese.

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Step 6: Bake until bubbling and the cheese has just melted, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

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Doesn’t that just look like the most delicious casserole ever?

This recipe makes 8 HUGE servings, and it’s a wonderful balanced meal with the fiber and healthy goodness from the veggies, the protein from the cheese, and the whole grains from the polenta.

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And when you serve it, all of that sauce and cheese creates this gooey, warm texture that just makes you want to go back for seconds.

Which we did.

We also had it for leftovers another night, and it tasted just as great reheated!

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Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake
Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake
Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake
Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake
Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake
Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake

Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake

From The Picky Eater: A Healthy Food Blog | Main Dishes | Italian

Modified from: EatingWell.com
Makes 8 Servings
Each Serving has:
215 calories
8 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono)
27g carbs
9 g protein
6 g fiber

Total 00:45 Prep 00:00 Cook 00:45 8 servings Servings1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Metric US

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 zucchini, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8- 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce (make sure to get one that’s all-natural, with no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 16 ounces prepared polenta, sliced lengthwise into thin slices
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, zucchini, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add spinach; cook until wilted, stirring once, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir marinara sauce into the vegetables and heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in basil.
  4. Slice polenta, and place polenta slices in a single layer in the prepared baking dish, trimming to fit if necessary.
  5. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese, top with the zucchini/spinach mixture and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup cheese.
  6. Bake until bubbling and the cheese has just melted, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

– Nutrition Facts

for 100 grams

Calories Fat Cal. Nutrition Facts Description Wikipedia Analyzed by Kitchenbug

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