Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake

This evening, I was looking for a light summery supper – and I came across this great recipe from EatingWell.com that turned out to be super flavorful and yummy! I’m not usually a huge fan of polenta – but this recipe totally changed my mind! The flavors in this dish complement the polenta perfectly and the texture of the polenta keeps the meal interesting 🙂 I did modify the recipe a bit – so my modified version is below.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 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 (I like Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara sauce)
  • 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 part-skim mozzarella, divided
Trader Joe's Polenta

Trader Joe's Polenta

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Directions

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

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

Nutritional Information

Makes 8 Servings

215 calories

8 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono)

9 g protein

6 g fiber

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1 Comment

Filed under Picky Cooks (Favorite Recipes)

One response to “Polenta and Garden Vegetable Bake

  1. Mmmm – I love the idea of this. Healthy AND delicious!

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