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Polenta with sausage & peppers is a great dinner that can be tossed together in under 30 minutes. When we are getting sick of pasta or pizza, polenta comes to the rescue! It is gluten free, filling, and extremely easy to make (especially if you purchase the pre-cooked polenta in a tube).
This meal is one of our favorite backup meals. I always have chicken sausage in my fridge, a tube of polenta and jar or marinara in my pantry. All you need are some fresh veggies! You can even swap up the bell peppers and add in some mushrooms, zucchini or any other vegetables your heart desires.
Another great option is to make mini polenta pizzas! Baked polenta fries are tasty as well and easy for little baby hands to grab. Cubed polenta can also be topped with your favorite pasta sauce or made into a chilled antipasto salad. I am all about versatile ingredients!
What is Polenta?
Polenta is made with coarsely ground yellow corn. It is cooked with water, milk, or broth and is typically the consistency of a thick oatmeal. Making polenta from scratch can be time consuming, which is why I love keep the pre-cooked tubes on hand. This polenta is more firm and can be sliced then fried or baked.
Health Benefits of Polenta
- Source of Protein. One tablespoon of polenta flour contains 2 grams of protein.
- Source of Fiber. Fiber aids in digestions and prevents constipation.
- Contains complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest since they are broken down slowly. This helps steady blood sugar levels.
- Low fat and calorie.
- Contains carotenoids, vitamin A, iron, magnesium, and zinc!
Sausage, Polenta & Peppers
- 12 oz chicken sausage links sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 2 green bell peppers sliced
- 1/2 white or yellow onion sliced
- 24 oz marinara
- 18 oz tube of polenta
- Slice polenta into 1/4 inch slices and set aside.
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive in skillet or large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken sausage, bell peppers, and onions. Cook while stirring occasionally until onions and peppers are softened, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add marinara sauce to skillet and simmer on low until heated.
- In another skillet, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add polenta slices and fry on both sides until golden and warmed throughout. Don’t overcrowd the pan, I usually cook in a few batches, adding extra oil as needed.
- Serve marinara with sausage, bell peppers, and onions over fried polenta slices.
Items used in this recipe
Polenta is one of those foods that is starting to get a little more credit. I’ve seen it featured on menus at hip places, ranging from savory brunch items to creamy polenta with spicy shrimp! You can also use it for desserts.
Have you tried polenta before? Comment below and tell me what you think!
Source: What Are the Nutritional Benefits of Polenta? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319798.php