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Polenta with Pepper and Cheese

Polenta with Pepper and Cheese

115 Ratings
115 Ratings
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Makes: 8 servings
Total Cost: $$$$

Enjoy this creamy and flavorful dish, packed with cheese, beans, peppers, and corn. 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups corn meal (or polenta, uncooked)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn mixed with green and red peppers (11 ounces, drained)
  • 2 cans green chiles (7 - 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 6 ounces cheese, cheddar, reduced fat, shredded
  • 1 can black or pinto beans (15 ounces, rinsed)
Garnish:
  • cilantro sprigs (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into rings)

Directions

1. In a medium sauce pan, bring the water to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal or polenta. Reduce heat to low.

2. Continue stirring, add the corn, chiles and the salt. Cook 6-8 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.

3. Gently stir in the margarine, cheese and beans.

4. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving dish.

5. Garnish with red bell pepper rings and cilantro.

Notes

Learn more about:

Source:

California Health Department - Los Angeles County, Es Facil Campaign
Enviada por Gloria Vargas

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cup prepared polenta, 1/8 of recipe
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 266
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 680 mg
Carbohydrates 41 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Total Sugars 3 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 13 g
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Calcium 241 mg
Iron 3 mg
Potassium 445 mg
N/A - data is not available
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 266
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Linoleic Acid 1 g
α-Linolenic Acid 0.2 g
Omega 3 - EPA 0 mg
Omega 3 - DHA 0 mg
Cholesterol 12 mg
Carbohydrates 41 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Total Sugars 3 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 13 g
Minerals
Calcium 241 mg
Potassium 445 mg
Sodium 680 mg
Copper 270 mcg
Iron 3 mg
Magnesium 77 mg
Phosphorus 293 mg
Selenium 8 mcg
Zinc 2 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A 79 mcg RAE
Vitamin B6 0.2 mg
Vitamin B12 0.4 mcg
Vitamin C 32 mg
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Folate 93 mcg DFE
Thiamin 0.2 mg
Riboflavin 0.2 mg
Niacin 2 mg
Note: only nutrients that are available will show on this display

MyPlate Food Groups

Vegetables 1 cups
Grains 1 1/2 ounces
Protein Foods 1 ounces
Dairy 3/4 cups

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It's really pretty, but a little bland for grown-ups. Next time I think I'll mash up the beans to give it more body and add some garlic and/or red pepper.
05/09/11
I like spice so I added 1/2 -1 tsp red pepper seeds, 2 cloves of chopped garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil and salt to the cooking water. I also mixed the cornmeal with 1 1/2 cups of cold water 1st in a separate bowl, to avoid getting lumps; then I added this to boiling water (3 c).It turned out great, everyone liked it.
03/29/10
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