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Easy Polenta and Beans



Here is a quick and easy supper idea invented by my husband, Denis. We like to
have this with steamed peas and some fruit. If our 6'3" son is home, I increase
the polenta and add blue corn chips.---Eve


15 ml 1 T. oil
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 cloves garlic
1 small onion (about 6 oz.)
1 green pepper, chopped
1-2 c. thickly sliced mushrooms
1 or 2 tomatoes, chopped
a few tablespoons black bean dip mix (Fantastic Foods)*
about 1/3 c. water
about 1/4 c. salsa

240 ml1 c. polenta (coarse corn meal) in 2/3 c. water
2 and 2/3 c. water
1 ml1/4 tsp. salt


Soak the polenta in 2/3 c. water and set aside. Place the 2 & 2/3 c. water and salt in a saucepan.

In a large frying pan, saute the onion and garlic in the oil. After a few minutes, stir in the green pepper and mushrooms. When the vegetables are getting soft, stir
in the black beans, salsa, bean dip powder and water. ( If you don't have bean dip mix, you may be able to get the sauce effect by mashing some beans in water.)

Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil, then stir in the polenta and turn down to low. Stir so it doesn't burn on the bottom It will thicken in just a
couple of minutes.

When the beans and veggies are hot and you have achieved a nice sauce (add water as needed), add the chopped tomatoes and cook a couple more minutes till they are hot.

Scoop the polenta onto plates and top with the bean mixture. Enjoy!


* The idea is to make a sort of bean gravy. If you don't have a bean dip mix, just mash some of your beans with water.