What I Ate This Week

What I Ate This Week | Veggie-Loaded Polenta Bake

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 // โ€ฆand 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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37 Comments

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    December 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

    No, it’s just you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was lamenting how bad the week was dragging last night and that was WITH having Monday “off” to go shopping (and unfortunately eating) all day with my MIL.

    I want to face plant into the mac and cheese with a cookie chaser.

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      I wish my week had dragged–just a little bit! You totally need to make that mac & cheese. So amazing.

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    December 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

    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!

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    December 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    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 advance..who does that? Anyways, I concur with Anele…I want to face plant in the mac n chz and have a cookie chaser too!

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      I feel the same way. I just need to hit the pause button and catch up a little because I know that the rest of December is going to be even worse!

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    Crista
    December 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Yum. Yum. And YUM.

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    Courtney Rae Jones
    December 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    That apple cheddar english muffin is a great idea. Every morning I have a peanut butter english muffin. An apple cheddar one would really change things up a bit. Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I was having peanut butter on English muffins too–I had so many of them to use up! Sometimes I also added honey or chocolate chips. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    December 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    You had another awesome week. I want some pumpkin mac and cheese!

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      It is so tasty! Between the beer and the pumpkin and the cheese, that sauce was crazy good.

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    Aggie
    December 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I pretty much love every single thing you ate this week, I haven’t had polenta in forever…yum. And yes, this week was speedy.

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    December 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Veggie loaded polenta bake looks so yummy! I cook polenta on a regular basis, but not from a polenta tube – I boil polenta “seeds” (whatever they are called) and then usually add cream or even mascarpone.

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I like making my own polenta from scratch too, but the kind that comes in a tube is definitely good for when you don’t have the time to let it set!

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    Kelly Stilwell
    December 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I can’t wait to try the polenta recipe. Looks so easy and delish!

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      It is super easy! I have been so busy with the holidays, I totally need easy meals right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    December 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Those chocolate candy cane cookies sound sooooo good!

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    ea-the spicy rd
    December 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Everything you ate this week looks absolutely delicious! I am especially loving the veggie loaded polenta bake~don’t you just love polenta chubs??? The best!

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      I still haven’t found the ones with quinoa in them that you used to make those polenta fries! I really want to try those…

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I really am going to have to jump into the kale thing because you make it sound so good. Everything here sounds good!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      I’m posting another kale recipe tomorrow–ha! Yes, I’m kind of obsessed.

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    HilLesha
    December 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I want!

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    December 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I’m so happy to hear you liked the mac and cheese – thanks for including it in your roundup! I also love the polenta idea – such a great way to use up leftovers too!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      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.”

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    [email protected]
    December 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

    They all look delicious! I have yet to do a polenta dish and this one looks amazing. Will give it a try!

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      I love polenta! It is really filling, without a lot of calories.

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    Anna @ hiddenponies
    December 10, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I keep meaning to try polenta and then keep getting sidetracked and being afraid it’ll be awful…you’ve convinced me again that I need to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      December 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    December 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I’m making cookies for my daughter’s teachers this week and am definitely trying out those cookies!

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      Kiersten
      December 18, 2012 at 7:50 am

      I love them because they are so darn easy. When you’re making a ton of cookies, you need some of those easy recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Daria
    December 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    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?

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      Kiersten
      December 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Daria
    December 21, 2012 at 2:17 am

    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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      Kiersten
      December 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      That is so weird–I have no idea what’s going on! :/

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    JulieD
    January 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That polenta bake looks so yummy!

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    Maryann
    January 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I totally adore polenta!

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