Meatless Monday: Baked Vegetable Polenta

March 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz  fresh eggplant
  • 1 tsp  salt
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 oz  fresh thyme
  • 2 quart vegetable broth
  • 2 cups  polenta
  • 4 oz  part skim mozzarella cheese
  • olive oil cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Place the eggplant cubes in a colander, sprinkle with salt, toss, and let rest for at least 30 minutes to drain excess moisture.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Spray the peppers with cooking spray and place in an oven proof skillet or roasting pan.
  4. Roast about 8 minutes to blister and blacken the skins. Using tongs, turn the peppers over and roast 7 minutes more. Do not over roast.
  5. When cool enough to handle, pull out the top stem and remove the seeds and skin. Pat dry. Dice into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
  6. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium – high heat. Add the drained eggplant and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  7. Add the garlic and thyme. Cook 2 minutes more, until the eggplant is soft. Remove from the heat and add the roasted peppers.
  8. Fill a 3 quart pot with broth and bring to a boil.
  9. Add the polenta steadily, whisking until smooth.
  10. Cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour into a large baking dish or casserole.
  11. Spread the eggplant pepper mixture evenly over the polenta, pressing it down with a wooden spoon.
  12. Top with the mozzarella cubes, pressing lightly.
  13. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the casserole for about 25 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  14. Makes 12 servings.

Nutritional Informaton per Serving:

  • Calories  171.7
  • Total Carbs  26.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber  3.8 g
  • Sugars  1.6 g
  • Total Fat  3.3 g
  • Protein  8.8 g
  • Sodium  357.1 mg

*Adapted from dLife: www.dlife.com*

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