Spicy Polenta Bake

Training for the Philadelphia Marathon has been a marathon in itself. My husband and I have had our share of setbacks and injuries over the past year, but are thankfully on the up and up. Neither of us have been able to tackle 20 miles yet, but it isn’t for lack of trying. Saturday was a 15 miler for me, and an 18 miler for my husband. Next week, I’m hoping to break 16 (my longest run yet) for at least 18 miles so I can get at least one 20 miler. Fingers crossed I can do it!

Since our mileage has been higher, we’ve definitely been hungrier. After Saturday’s 15 miler my husband insisted we had Five Guys for dinner. Since we had ran so much, I figured it was an acceptable treat, and really enjoyed it. After that indulgence, though, I was full aware that I needed something a little better for me on Sunday. So, after waking up and getting my husband to do yoga with me for the first time ever (he’s finally realizing how helpful it can be to stretch out), I decided to use up the little bit of pre-made polenta I had in the fridge.

This dish came in handy for a small brunch, followed by a late dinner, as we went to an Oktoberfest at a bar nearby, and enjoyed our fair share of German food and beers. It was just what I needed after mid-day Sunday drinking!

Spicy Polenta Bake
– Serves 4 –

4 oz. pre-made polenta, sliced thin
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 can corn, drained
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup salsa (I used Herdez chipotle flavor)
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp Adobo

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place sliced polenta on a greased baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown
3. Meanwhile,  heat oil in skillet, and sautee onion until soft (about 5 minutes). Add chili powder, cumin, and adobo, sauteeing for an additional 3 minutes.
4. Add beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and salsa and cook for 5 minutes, until heated through.
5. Grease a 9×11 dish and layer with cooked polenta and bean and corn mixture, and top with cheese.
6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

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