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Polenta with White Beans and Spinach

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If you like comfort foods or cornbread, you will love polenta. It is an Italian based corn meal, and it offers nice texture and versatility in cooking.

Servings: 4

Serving size: 1 ¼ cup

Prep & cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

1 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)

1 tomato, diced

¼ cup julienne-cut sundried tomatoes

12 ounces plain prepared polenta (sold in tubes with grains), diced

15 ounces no-salt-added canned great northern or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning

6-9 ounces baby spinach

½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add both types of tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in the polenta and beans; cover and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring once. Stir in the Italian seasoning and the spinach, cover and cook for about 4 more minutes until the spinach is wilted. Top with mozzarella cheese and serve immediately.

 Nutrition info (per serving):  245 calories, 7 gms total fat (2.1 gms sat fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 430 mg sodium, 800 mg potassium, 37 gms total carbs (8 gms fiber, 5 gms sugar), 13 gms protein