Capo Polenta Pre-cooked polenta
I am nuts for polenta, afterall, it's just Italian grits!  This recipe is a launching point since I can think of dozens of way to serve polenta, can't you? Thanks Jim!

Back in 2004 Jim shared with me a column in his Men's Health magazine, "a Man, a Can, a Microwave." I always get a kick out of the creative way the authors can motivate men to cook by reminding them that 'chicks dig fancy food' and that a man can get guy-points if they cook for the object of their affection. Rodale, the publisher of Men's Health (as well as my favorite, Prevention) has even produced a cookbook with the many easy recipes that aim to attract chicks and at the same time be macho enough for guys. Now I have seen many of these recipes that were interesting, many of them with an Italian bent, but this one really grabbed me. It is made with caponata, which I love, but I think there are many possible substituions including mushrooms and sausage.

10 oz of canned caponata (precooked eggplant)
1/2 of a 15 oz can of Italian-style tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
16 oz package of prepared polenta (tube)
1/2 C chopped onion
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
3 T grated Parmesan cheese

In 2-qt microowave dish mix onion and oil, and nuke for 4 - 6 minutes, until onion is soft and clear. Stir in garlic, caponata, tomato sauce, and Italian seasoning and heat for 8 - 10 minutes  or until the sauce thickens. Slice polenta into 1/2" thick disks and place them in the sauce. Spoon some sauce evening over the polenta. Microwave for 2 - 3 minutes, or until the plenta is hot. Top with Parmesan cheese.
This dish is nearly guilt free except for the sodium which comes primarily from the use of canned ingredients. Some of the sodium can be removed by using your own Italian herbs (oregano, rosemary, parsley, etc), not a mix which often includes salt. Each serving is 365 calories with 7 grams protein, 56 grams of carb, 11 grams fat (2 sat.) 9 grams of fiber, 251 mg of socium. 20 minutes, makes 6 servings
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