Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gluten Free Polena Cakes with Sausage and Veggies

Need a quick, easy and healthy dinner idea? I have you covered. All you need on hand is a pre-cooked tube of polenta from Trader Joe's (or any other grocery store...but we all know I only shop one place) and some veggies. This meal is great to make at the end of the week when you don't want your produce to go to waste!

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tube of precooked polenta
1 lb sausage, ground (or links with casing removed)
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 onion, diced small 
1 cup mushrooms, diced
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Balsamic glaze

1) In a sauté pan over medium high heat add sausage and cook until fully browned, about 8-10 minutes. Make sure sausage breaks into small piece as you cook. 
2) Prepare polenta for cooking by slicing into thin discs, about 1/4" in thickness. Place one tablespoon of oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Season each side of polenta cake with salt, pepper and garlic then add polenta, in layer, to the heated pan. Cook until heated through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside. 
3) In the same pan used for polenta, add remaining tablespoon of the oil and all veggies. Cook until tender and spinach has wilted. Season with salt and pepper. 
4) To compile the dish, plate two to three pieces of polenta then top with sausage then finally top with veggie mixture and a little balsamic glaze!


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