Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter Beans

Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter Beans

This dish is a satisfying vegetarian meal complete with spinach, beans and polenta, inspired by classic Spanish flavors. Note: Look for smoked paprika with other specialty spices; it's available in three varieties: sweet, bittersweet and hot. Sweet is the most versatile, but if you like a little bit of heat, choose the hot variety. You can find Spanish products in specialty-foods stores or online at tienda.com. Make it a Meal: Enjoy with a green salad tossed with sherry vinaigrette and a glass of Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone.

From EatingWell: October/November 2006, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)
Yield: 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  2. 1 16-ounce tube prepared plain polenta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  3. 1 clove garlic,minced
  4. 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  5. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  6. 1/2 teaspoon paprika, preferably smoked, plus more for garnish (see Note)
  7. 1 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed
  8. 4 cups packed baby spinach
  9. 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  10. 1/2 cup shredded Manchego or Monterey Jack cheese
  11. 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

Preparation

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add polenta and cook in a single layer, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garlic to the pan, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring, until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in beans, spinach and broth; cook, stirring, until the beans are heated through and the spinach is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese and vinegar. Serve vegetables over polenta. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 207 calories; 8 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 5 g fiber; 678 mg sodium; 578 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (120% daily value), Vitamin A (110% dv), Folate (23% dv), Calcium (20% dv), Potassium (19% dv).

1 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 very lean meat, 1 fat