Again, it’s been a while since I talked food. This summer has thrown me deep into a salad rut but I’m hopeful that the turn of seasons will help me snap out of it and get me back to cooking.
Tuesday night we definitely needed something other than salads. The entire day was cold and dreary; perfect for a warm, comforting dinner. Since I first tried the heat-and-eat polenta from Trader Joe’s last year I’ve made it once every month or so, with various toppings and methods of cooking. Tuesday night was another try, one Woody ended up really liking! The best part about it, I think it’s the easiest preparation I’ve tried and super cheap!
So here it is, super easy, super cheap:
- 1 package TJ’s polenta
- 1 1/4cup TJ’s Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa (it’s really chunky and has a little kick)
- 1/4cup small broccoli florets
- 5 thin slices, sharp cheddar cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 350’
- Spray pie plate with non-stick cooking spray
- Slice polenta into 8 even slices, place in pie plate
- Spread broccoli over polenta slices evenly
- Cover with salsa
- Place in oven, bake for 20 minutes
- Remove from oven, cover with cheese slices overlapping slices of polenta
- Put back in oven, bake for another 10 minutes
- Remove and serve
Now, Polenta is pretty high in sodium, so to try and balance that out I always look for tomatoes with no salt added. And while this isn’t necessarily the healthiest meal, it isn’t too bad either, especially when compared with other comfort dinners! And you can’t beat the price, this came in well under $10 for the entire dish. And of course, you can start with a little side salad! Woody really liked this dinner, so I’m bound to try it again and make a few tweaks along the way.
- What’s your favorite go-to easy to prepare comfort dinner?
Today’s workout -
- ab exercises
- 4mile run