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Basil Polenta with Beans 'n' Peppers

 Basil Polenta with Beans 'n' Peppers
Basil livens up polenta and beans in this colorful, meatless supper from Kimberly Hammond, Kingwood, Texas. Add a salad and fresh fruit to complete the nice, light meal.
4 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + cooling Cook: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Gradually add cornmeal, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low.
  • Stir in basil. Cook and stir for 10 minutes or until thick and
  • creamy. Transfer to an 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, saute the peppers, onion and garlic in oil until
  • tender. Stir in the beans, pepper and remaining salt; keep warm.
  • Cut polenta into four squares; place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes. Turn and broil 5-6 minutes

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Basil Polenta with Beans 'n' Peppers (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • longer or until heated through. Top with vegetable mixture. Yield:
  • 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 polenta square with 1 cup vegetables equals 276 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 795 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 9 g protein.