I am raffling off this AMAZING Breville Juicer for the Livestrong Foundation tomorrow. Tickets are just $5; check back tomorrow for details. Just a heads up!
Tinaâ€™s recent love affair with polenta reminded me of the yummy ingredient! I used to use polenta all the time and just â€˜forgotâ€™ about itâ€¦ Isnâ€™t it funny how that happens with foods?
I decided to use the polenta to make a sort of polenta pie/casserole. For not having a recipe and blindly throwing in ingredients, it tasted pretty good!
Baked Polenta Pie
Ingredients (makes 3 servings):
- 1 tube polenta
- 2 cups chopped asparagus
- 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
- 1/2 package of pre-cubed extra firm tofu, drained
- 1/4 cup hummus
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- Pepper and Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Chop asparagus and microwave in water for 5 minutes or until softened.
- In a food processer, combine remaining ingredients except sundried tomatoes and asparagus.
- Pour mix into bowl and stir in sundried tomatoes and asparagus.
- Pour into greased pie dish.
- Bake for 50 minutes.
- Remove and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
It was really delicious, but if I made it again, I would try omitting the milk because it was a little too soft. Iâ€™d like it to be more like a quiche in texture.
With a whole wheat English muffin on the side.
I topped the muffin with the polenta mix as I ate it â€“ mmm.
After dinner, I had a little dessert:
I had one of Ryanâ€™s macaroons with a serving of ginger ice cream. I picked the ice cream up at the store because I was intrigued by the â€œ5 ingredientsâ€ concept. Almost like homemade!
Before I had dinner, I went on a lovely bike ride along my secret airport path. I did a lot of positive visualizations about my upcoming triathlon! I really do believe the key to racing success is imaging yourself finishing strong.
Itâ€™s kind of chilly out in Florida today! But at least the sun is out.
I rode 18.5 miles in 1:20. It was a good workout! Not only was it chilly, but it was also windyâ€¦ Instead of hating on the wind, I tried to just think of it as resistance training. 🙂 Get those quads working!
I didnâ€™t see any alligator on my ride, but I did spot this brown cow! Right after I snapped this picture, she went â€œMOOOOOâ€ in the scariest voice ever. Donâ€™t mess with cows.
(Sheâ€™s thinking, â€œPlease donâ€™t eat me.â€) 😉
And my pre-ride snack was a Glo Bakery bar. I ate it in the car because I had an interview for American Voices and they required absolute silence on my end. There is no way I can guarantee Maggie and James wonâ€™t bark for a 45-minute period, so I locked myself in the car. The interview will air on Sirius radio and online in a few weeks!
I might munch on some popcorn or Cheerios laterâ€¦ I ate dinner early, and Iâ€™ll be up kind of late watching Pam and Jim have their baby on The Office! :)
Andâ€¦ couch time!
Are you the kind of cook who whips up meals without a recipe? Do you look for recipes for inspiration? Or do you feel like you have to always follow a recipe? I HAVE to follow a recipe when baking cookies or cupcakes â€“ or itâ€™s a disaster.