May 6, 2013

Black Bean Polenta

I was on the lookout for more recipes using polenta. I made fries successfully here but I wanted to cook them in a different way.  I made this super quick and super easy recipe yesterday and it turned out so yummy! I think this makes a great weeknight meal IF you combine it with a little bit of brown rice. Alone, I'm not sure if its filling enough unless you need a light lunch/dinner.

Ingredients -

1 package cube polenta
1/2 can refried black beans
1 tomato
1 red pepper
1 onion
1 tsp cumin
1/2 lemon

1.Slice the polenta into 1/2 inch discs and pan fry them.

2.Saute the onions and when they are a little browned, add tomato and red pepper and saute till they are mushy. You could add spinach or any other vegetable you prefer, just see that they are cooked well.

3.Mix the beans and add the cumin and salt.

4.Assemble the polenta discs and spoon the bean mixture over the polenta. Add a squeeze of lemon for some fresh flavor and voilà - done!

I know many of you don't like to spend too much time in the kitchen after a long day at work.. hope this is a fun easy dish for you to try on days when you want a little twist to your food!

I will keep my eyes peeled for more "5 steps or less" recipes!  Do you know any creative ways to use polenta?