Polenta with Spinach, Black Beans, and Goat Cheese

Uncooked polenta provides an easy way to add variety to the dinner repertoire; find it with other grains or in the baking aisle near the flour. This is delicious accompanied by a spring salad of watercress, arugula, and sprouts with a light vinaigrette.


4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 356
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 12 g
Satfat 6.5 g
Monofat 3.6 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 13.8 g
Carbohydrate 48.8 g
Fiber 9 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Iron 3.9 mg
Sodium 674 mg
Calcium 135 mg


1 teaspoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
1/4 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
4 cups water
1 cup uncooked polenta
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
Cracked black pepper (optional)


Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute or until golden. Stir in broth, tomatoes, cumin, and beans; bring to a simmer. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add spinach, tossing to combine.

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add polenta, butter, and salt; stir well with a whisk. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Spoon 3/4 cup polenta into each of 4 bowls; top each with 3/4 cup bean mixture. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons cheese over each serving; garnish with black pepper, if desired.