Polenta Mexi-Meal Delicious Mexican Recipe


 This delicious and spicy Mexican recipe is just one of many ways you can use polenta which is basically boiled cornmeal. You can buy it ready made!blank630x20

If you’re not familiar with polenta its basically boiled cornmeal. Now in and of itself that probably doesn’t sound too appetizing, but in reality it’s quite tasty. Cornmeal is a gluten free grain and can be used in a huge variety of ways, this delicious Mexican recipe is just one of them. (I love fried polenta slices with my favorite healthy sweetener, Xylitol, sprinkled on it.) Cornmeal is dirt cheap. Polenta tubes are a little more pricey for some odd reason. I paid $4.00 each. You can make the rolls yourself for a fraction of the cost. I found a recipe here  and a brand new one here. (I’ve not tried them myself though.)
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Polenta is basically boiled cornmeal and it can be used in a variety of ways. This delicious and spicy Mexican recipe is just one of them. You can purchase polenta in tubes ready to use!

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Polenta is basically boiled cornmeal and it can be used in a variety of ways. This delicious and spicy Mexican recipe is just one of them. You can purchase polenta in tubes ready to use!

blankPolenta is basically boiled cornmeal and it can be used in a variety of ways. This delicious and spicy Mexican recipe is just one of them. You can purchase polenta in tubes ready to use!blank

Polenta Mexi Meal
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
POLETNA
  • 1 tube polenta (24 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon healthy high heat oil of choice (canola, grapeseed, sunflower, regular olive oil (NOT virgin)
VEGETABLE MIXTURE
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped or diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped or diced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped or diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
BEAN MIXTURE
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup salsa
TOPPINGS (Optional)
  • Chopped cilantro, extra salsa. lime wedges.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
BAKE POLENTA
  1. Cut polenta tube into about 14 to 16 slices. Brush a foil covered cookie sheet lightly with oil.
  2. Lay polenta side by side on sheet. Lightly brush the tops with oil.
  3. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes turning half way. You want them to start browning a little if possible. You can also fry them to make them brown quicker but baking uses less oil.
SAUTE VEGGIES
  1. Sauté onions until they soften and start to brown. Approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add chili powder, cayenne, garlic, cumin, and oregano and cook for 30 seconds to release flavor.
  3. Add zucchini, red pepper. Stir for 3 minutes till the new veggies start to soften.
  4. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper as desired.
MAKE BEAN MIXTURE
  1. Mix the beans and the salsa in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook till hot, about 5 minutes.
ASSEMBLE
  1. Place 4 slices of polenta on a plate. Top each with the salsa beans and then the veggies.
  2. If desired top with chopped cilantro and additional salsa. A wedge of lime can be served on the side for squeezing on top.

 

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