Polenta is one of those ingredients it took me way to long to discover. There were years where I just plain hadn't heard of it followed by years of not knowing how to cook it. Then I finally took the plunge and now it's one of my favorite simple side dishes. It's especially great for those who are sick of rice or potatoes every night. This simple polenta bowl couldn't be more comforting and is paired with spinach, sausage, and tomatoes for a filling dish. Consider some cheese or a poached egg if you really want to make it special.
Sausage, Spinach, and Polenta Bowl
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- 4 cups water or broth
- 1 cup polenta (cornmeal)
- 4 U low fat chicken sausages, chopped
- 2 U garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 6 cups spinach
- Salt and pepper
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Bring the water or broth to a boil and whisk in the polenta. Once the polenta thickens, turn the heat to low and cover. Cook for 10 minutes and then whisk again. Cover and cook ten more minutes. Whisk again. Taste and continue cooking as needed. It should be smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, add the sausage to a nonstick skillet. Cook 6-8 minutes until cooked through.
Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cook 5-8 minutes until they begin to burst. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.
Serve the sausage mixture over the polenta.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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