Spray a large frying pan with PAM (or whatever cooking spray) or a splash of veggie broth and put on high heat. Saute the onion, scallions, garlic, peppers, and garlic until they start to brown.
Add the ground “beef,” taco seasoning, broth, and olives.
Stir to combine, then reduce heat to low and let simmer while making the polenta:
Bring 3 cups water (and a pinch of salt) to a boil. Once boiling, slowly pour in the corn grits, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and continuously stir/whisk for about 5 -10 minutes, until it thickens up.
Add the polenta to the “beef” mixture and stir it all together.
Pour into a (PAM/cooking spray- sprayed) 9×13 casserole dish, garnish with cilantro, and bake for about 30 minutes.
Note: I originally cut this into 8 servings but they seemed a little small, so after re-portioning I ended up with 7 servings. My suggestion is if you’re eating this as a meal by itself, to make 6 servings. If you are going to add stuff (salsa, guacamole, wrap/chips, salad, etc) or want smaller portions, go with 8. Either way, it’s pretty healthy and low-fat :)
Here’s the nutrition info (per serving) with 7 servings: 188 calories, 1.2g fat, 33.6g carbs (4g fiber, 2g sugar) and 12g protein.
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Pinterest lately – gathering recipes to try out/tweak, and getting inspiration to create some new ones of my own. I keep seeing different versions of this “One-pot Pasta.” I’m not all that big of a fan of pasta dishes – for some reason pasta doesn’t leave me feeling full; it actually makes me crave sweets afterwards. Weird, huh? Anyways, I did want to make something with artichokes, so I figured I’d give it a go. Here’s my variation:
non-stick cooking spray
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 box (13.25oz) whole wheat Penne pasta
1 can (15oz) quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 cans (10oz each) diced tomatoes with green chilies (use the liquid too)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp red pepper flakes
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
One-pot Pasta with onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, and artichoke hearts
Spray a large soup pot with PAM (or whatever non-stick cooking spray you use) and saute the onions and garlic over medium-high heat until translucent (about 5 minutes).
Add all the other ingredients, cover and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and let cook (covered) for about 10-15 minutes, stirring every so often.
Remove cover and cook for about another 10 minutes, until about all of the liquid is absorbed.
One-pot Pasta, drizzled with Awesome Sauce
My husband is an Italian pasta-snob and he LOVED this! He immediately went back for seconds before I even sat down to taste it! I have to say, it really was good! I also went back for more! I drizzled a little of my Awesome Sauce (recipe coming soon!) on it, but honestly, it was just as good without it! The only thing I’ll do differently next time I make it (and I definitely will!), is add more veggies (mushrooms, olives, maybe spinach)!
I got 8 servings out of this, with the following nutritional information (per serving): 193.1 calories, .9g fat, 43.4g carbs (7g fiber, 3.3g sugar), 7g protein