Veggie-Topped Polenta Slices Recipe
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Veggie-Topped Polenta Slices Recipe

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This amazing side dish recipe came from a stroke of genius when I didn't have many ingredients on hand. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tube (1 pound) polenta, cut into 12 slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

3 polenta slices with 1 cup vegetable mixture equals 222 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 558 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook polenta in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat for 9-11 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in another large skillet, saute zucchini in remaining oil until tender. Add shallots and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, basil and parsley; heat through. Serve with polenta; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Veggie-Topped Polenta Slices in Healthy Cooking October/November 2012, p26

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"I liked this recipe a lot for the very same reasons the creator did...what you have is sort of what you can use. I cut down the sodium by substituting those new Mrs. Dash table blends for the salt (used the savory one) and I used swiss cheese instead of mozzarella. Swiss cheese has a lot less sodium. We liked it enough that I have made it more than once."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"Our family loves this! So yummy, quick and healthy."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"A fresh and delicious side dish full of bright flavors."

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