Monday, January 24, 2011

Popeye Polenta

Super foods are nutrient power houses that boost your immune system and fight aging.  Leafy greens are one of the top 12 nutrient dense super foods.

Popeye (Spinach) Polenta

Preheat oven to 350º
2 bunches spinach
1 med. onion-sliced thinly
4 cloves slivered garlic
¼ cup water
3 ½ cup water and/or vegetable broth
1 ¼ cup whole grain cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. fresh herb of your choice
4 oz asiago cheese
4 oz fresh mozzarella
½ cup sour cream (can used reduced fat)
  1.  Wash spinach. Coarse chop. Heat large skillet with olive oil, add onion and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add spinach and water. Cook and toss until wilted, about 4 minutes.
  3. Prepare polenta: Heat water/stock to a boil and add cornmeal gradually and in a steady stream stirring constantly with a wire whisk until combined. Continue to boil and cook, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Stir in seasonings in the last 2 minutes. Stir in asiago cheese.
  4. Smear a bottom thin layer of polenta into a 2 qt. casserole.
  5. Top with spinach.
  6. Top spinach with sour cream and sliced mozzarella. Top with remaining polenta.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes and allow to rest another 5 minutes before serving.

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