This creamy textured baked polenta with roasted tomatoes and spinach will give you one more option for your meal. This 9-ingredient dish is very easy to prepare and a great option for busy weeknights.
As I was brought up eating only Indian foods, I (and Tushar too) never had polenta dishes before coming to the USA. It is only when I started exploring healthy options for our meals, I came to know about this ‘polenta’ thing.
Like myself, if you have no idea about polenta, it is a dish made from coarse cornmeal and is very common in Italian, French, and Swiss cuisine. I am feeling very glad that I explored this option as polenta is delicious and healthy. If you are familiar with it you will agree that polenta is super delicious and versatile to make into different recipes.
How this baked polenta is healthy?
This recipe is healthy because it contains:
- Polenta: it is made from coarsely ground cornmeal, that belongs to the whole grain category (see food pyramid). It is a low-carb food.
- fresh vegetables (spinach and tomato)
- goat cheese: is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol compared with its bovine counterparts.
I used pre-made organic polenta in this recipe brought from a local grocery store. It comes in a cylindrical-shaped plastic pack. However, I will later update this recipe with polenta made using cornmeal at home.
Baked polenta with grape tomatoes and spinach
- 2 cup Polenta (grated or thinly cut)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes cut into halves
- 1 handful of spinach chopped
- 2 tablespoon goat cheese
- 1 ¼ cup chicken or vegetable stock or water
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- 1-2 cloves garlic crushed
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
- Preheat the oven at 400 F
- Heat oil in a medium pan on medium heat. Add garlic and saute it for about 30-45 sec
- Add polenta and chicken stock; let it boil and then lower the heat. Add goat cheese and simmer the mixture with frequent stirring for about 5 mins. Then season with salt and pepper
- Transfer the polenta to baking pan. Top it up with spinach and tomatoes and sprinkle some parmesan cheese over it. Bake it for about 20 mins at 400 F. Serve warm
- This recipe can be made using cornmeal and making polenta from scratch.
- To enjoy creamy texture of polenta, serve it warm as it tends to tighten up on cooling down.