Grilled eggplant and sausage are paired with chopped fresh tomatoes and served over creamy polenta in this easy summer dinner. Swap the polenta for whole-wheat pasta for a faster meal.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Slowly whisk in cornmeal and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and the cornmeal is tender, about 35 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.
Toss tomatoes with 3 tablespoons oil, oregano, garlic, pepper, crushed red pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
Brush eggplant with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Grill, turning once, until tender and charred in spots, about 4 minutes per side. Grill sausage until charred and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Let the eggplant and sausage cool for 10 minutes. Chop the eggplant into bite-size pieces and thinly slice the sausage. Add to the tomatoes along with basil.
Serve the sausage and vegetable mixture on top of the polenta. Sprinkle with cheese.
3 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 high-fat protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable