Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sauteed Polenta with Beans and Greens

Last night was a little creation of my own, "Sauteed polenta with beans and greens". I don't use polenta often, and haven't found too many recipes that really catch my eye, so I thought I'd just come up with something of my own. It turned out really good. What I liked about it was that it was really simple, and that the flavor of each ingredient was recognizable. I like when you can really taste what's in a dish.......especially when it's beans and greens, two of my favorite!! Along with the polenta dish we had some simple garlic bread with roma tomatoes. Every time I make this garlic bread it's a big hit. It really is so much better than pre-made, frozen, garlic breads.

Sauteed Polenta with Beans and Greens
2 - 3 Tbs olive oil
1 tube of refrigerated, prepared polenta, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cooked white beans
3/4 cup vegetable stock
1 bag pre-washed baby spinach
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add polenta and saute until beginning to brown. Season with salt and pepper and remove from skillet and set aside. Add additional oil to skillet if necessary, then add onion, pepper and garlic. Saute until vegetables are beginning to soften. Then, add beans and saute for a few more minutes. Add vegetable stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add spinach. Once spinach has started wilt add polenta back to skillet, stir gently to combine, and finish wilting spinach. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve


  1. Look at you, tricking me by saying you wouldn't be cooking this week! The Polenta dish looks awesome!

    By the way, I tagged you! See my blog for the rules!

  2. I know, I just can't stay out of the kitchen!! I still have 3 repeat meals planned and only 4 days of the week left, so there WILL NOT be much new dinner food here the rest of the week. I am however, craving chocolate chip cookies, so expect those to appear, along with some chocolate chip muffins, and maybe a surprise!! I'm having a major chocolate craving this week!!!