Meatless Monday: Veggie and Corn Grits

Here's an Italian spin on a southern dish.

Posted: 10/10/2011 01:04 PM EDT
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Did you know that improving your health can be as easy as cutting out meat and processed cold cuts one day a week? Doing so can reduce your risk of preventable chronic conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

 

Enter Meatless Monday. This week's recipe is Veggie and Corn Grits."Polenta is sliced into rounds and browned on the stove. Edamame, bell pepper, zucchini and tomatoes are seasoned with oregano and basil to top these corn discs, for an Italian spin on southern grits," says the Meatless Monday website.

 

Serves 4

 

— 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

 

— 1/4 onion, thinly sliced

 

— 1/4 bell pepper, thinly sliced

 

— 1 small zucchini, sliced into sticks

 

— 1 cup frozen, shelled edamame

 

— 1 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes

 

— 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

 

— 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

 

— 1 18 ounce chub polenta

 

Place 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the edamame and tomatoes. Season with the oregano and basil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the edamame is cooked through and hot.

 

Slice the polenta into 3/4 inch rounds. Place the remaining tablespoon olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Add the polenta rounds to the skillet and cook 7 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.

 

Place 2-3 slices of browned polenta on 4 plates. Top with equal portions of the edamame zucchini mixture and enjoy!

 

This recipe comes from Janet of Mosiac Kitchen.

 

Nutrition info: 644 calories, 16 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 62 mg sodium, 111 g total carbs, 14 g dietary fiber, 5 g sugar and 20 g protein.

 

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