What I Ate This Week | Veggie-Loaded Polenta Bake

By Kiersten | Last Updated: December 7, 2012

Veggie-Loaded Polenta Bake

Is it just me or did this week go by really quickly? Yikes. Usually I can’t wait for the weekends but this week I kind of feel like I’d like to shoehorn an extra weekday in somewhere because I have so much to get done. December is shaping up to be a busy month–lots of cooking, lots of baking, and of course, lots of shopping.

(Oh, and guess what else? I have two giveaways lined up for this month too! I haven’t done any of those in a while, so I thought I’d do a few for the holidays.)

I know I’m not the only one who’s busy this month, so I have some easy recipes for you in this post. And one that’s not so easy, but that’s totally worth the time and effort. Here’s what I ate this week:

Veggie-Loaded Polenta BakeVeggie-Loaded Polenta Bake // This is one of my favorite quick meals. Saute some veggies in olive oil (I used an onion, a zucchini, and 8 ounces of mushrooms), slice up a tube of polenta, and layer it with pasta sauce, cheese and the sauteed veggies in a baking dish that’s been sprayed with oil. Bake it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Easy, filling, and so tasty!

Kale and Lentils with Tahini SauceKale and Lentils with Tahini Sauce from Real Simple // The October issue of Real Simple had a bunch of easy kale recipes in it and I’m determined to work my way through each one of them. But maybe I’ll just make this recipe over and over again because it is so so good! Tahini, kale, and lentils–so many of my obsessions in one dish.

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Apples & Caramelized OnionsPumpkin Mac & Cheese with Apples and Caramelized Onions from Once Upon a Cutting Board // …and speaking of a bunch of food obsessions in one dish! This one has apples, pumpkin, caramelized onions, cheddar, and BEER. My photo doesn’t do this justice (mostly because I couldn’t wait to dig in and eat), but holy heck, this was made of awesome.

Apple Cheddar English Muffin SandwichApple Cheddar English Muffin Sandwich // English muffins were Buy 1, Get 1 Free at the grocery store last week, so I’ve been eating a whole mess of English muffins lately. This one is topped with cheddar cheese and sauteed apples. So it’s kind of like my Apple Cheddar Pizza in sandwich form, minus the onions and walnuts.

Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies // I remade these to take the photo again (YES, I am still doing that!). These are not the best looking Christmas cookies you will find, but they are crazy easy and everyone loves them.

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This week was gone in a flash! I feel like the whole month goes like that. Love the polenta bake idea. I’ve never done the polenta tube – it tastes ok, right? Love what Anele said about face planting into the mac & cheese – totally made me laugh!

Well, polenta in a tube definitely doesn’t taste as good as homemade, but it’s a lot quicker if you need the solid polenta for a recipe. So I compromise a little to save time and effort. 🙂

I am with you on the lightning flash of a week, I thought it was just me because I am totally dreading next week because it is even busier! Nothing like dreading a week a week in does that? Anyways, I concur with Anele…I want to face plant in the mac n chz and have a cookie chaser too!

I go through phases with polenta–sometimes I eat it almost weekly, and then I’ll go a month or two without having it at all. And now I am back on the polenta train. 🙂

It was so good! We had it two nights in a row and after we finished dinner the first night, my husband was like, “Is it tomorrow yet? Because I want to eat the other half now.”

Well, I know some people don’t like the pre-made polenta. (I am not one of those people.) But if you make it yourself, you can add cheese, herbs, and whatever else you want. Then it’s a little more flavorful. 🙂

I don’t know why, but I never tried any recipes with polenta in it. When I saw a photo of “veggie loaded polenta bake” i decided to try. I went on a mission to find polenta tube. I haven’t. (There is only coarsely ground corn meal, which they call “polenta”). So I decided to make one from scratch. I’ve read dozens of polenta recipes and tips “how to make a perfect polenta”. I tried. And to be honest I don’t know. I cooled it. It is solid. Looks and tastes well, but when I put it on the pan it crumbles (disintegrates), I’m not sure how to describe it. Together with brown rice and vegatables it was good, but there ware not really “slices” of polenta. And since recently I kind of consider you my personal cooking guru;) I have a question: What did I do wrong?

Hmm. What do you mean by put it on the pan? Are you letting it set and solidify, cutting it, and then trying to pan-fry it and that’s when it’s disintegrating? Sometimes when I make polenta from scratch, the corners and edges might crumble a little bit if I grill or fry it, but it doesn’t disintegrate entirely. I wonder if not enough water is evaporating out? Are you refrigerating it before you cut it?

Too bad you can’t find the pre-cooked polenta tubes. Those are definitely easiest of all! 🙂

I let it cool, put it into the fridge, and left it (I made it in the morning). And I decided to use it in the evening. I tried to fry it. It doesn’t desintegrate entirely. But it separates into 3-4 smaller parts each.
If I cuould only find polenta tube. I tried supermarkets, eco-friendly stores, eco food stores, even online (even though I very rarely buy food online) and nothing.
So I have just one choice: I have to try cooking it as many times as it makes and learn on my own mistakes:)

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