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Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter Beans

October/November 2006, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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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.



READER'S COMMENT:
"Wow! This is the 2nd time I've made this recipe. WIth a few modifications, I think it turned out even better. The main change was in cooking the polenta. After cutting into cubes, I placed them on a broiler pan. I sprayed quickly with PAM...
Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter Beans

32 Reviews for Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter Beans

08/28/2011
Well-balanced and full of flavor

I made a few modifications to this recipe, and it's one of the best things I've made from eatingwell.com. I used a green onion and cilantro polenta because that's what the store had. I sprinkled it with salt and pepper and baked at 425 for about 30 minutes to get it firmed up. I also added a mix of sweet and hot paprika and doubled the amounts. The sweetness of the pepper works really well with the creaminess of the beans and polenta. Mine was a little brothy because the spinach released so much water. I think next time I'll cut back on the veg. broth. This recipe really is perfect. It's very filling, tastes great and is still low calorie.

good mix of veg and protein
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06/09/2011
Love it!

I really thought this would be a terrible recipe, I went ahead with it anyway. When I saw the end result I was like there is no way I will take more than one bite of this. Then, amazingly it was very delicious. I followed the recipe but used canned butter beans. I will definitley keep this on my list of fav recipes. I am not a fan of any beans but you have changed my mind with the recipe. Though I don't like looking at them. Maybe I can try to mash all the ingredients together and make a patty out of it now that would be better for my sake! But still a worthy recipe!

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03/14/2011
A big hit with 3 generations at my home

I prepared this recipe for my family and we all loved it! The smoked paprika gave it wonderful flavor. I used frozen baby limas which I did not have close enough to room temperature when adding to the recipe. In the future I will cook them in the microwave and then add them to the recipe when called for to let the flavors blend.

Easy to prepare and so filling. You forget there is no meat.
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10/04/2010
Anonymous

Wow! This is the 2nd time I've made this recipe. WIth a few modifications, I think it turned out even better. The main change was in cooking the polenta. After cutting into cubes, I placed them on a broiler pan. I sprayed quickly with PAM, then sprinkled a pinch each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese over top. I broiled for about 6 minutes, then flipped them over and broiled again for 3 more minutes, till many had color and felt firmer.

Doing this added more depth to the dish. I omitted the cheese at the end and simply sprinkled with a pinch more parmesan (I didn't like the texture of the melted jack).

I highly recommend giving this recipe a try, with or without mods!

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07/02/2010

This is awesome, I do not miss meat at all. Everything is perfectly blended.

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