Weight Watchers recipe. Roasted zucchini and asparagus are served over a creamy polenta, low in fat and calories, but still very filling! Takes less than 30 minutes!
- 226.79 g asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 small zucchini, 1/4 inch slices (or equivalent)
- 1 red onion, sliced into 3/4 inch chunks
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4.92 ml olive oil
- 22.18 ml red wine vinegar
- 4.92 ml Splenda sugar substitute
- 414.03 ml skim milk
- 118.29 ml cornmeal
- 1.23 ml sea salt (optional)
- 2.46 ml basil (optional) or 2.46 ml rosemary (optional)
- 29.58 ml parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Preheat oven to 475 degree's and line 15x10x1 pan with non-stick foil and/or spray with cooking spray.
- Toss veggies together (the garlic too), drizzle with olive oil and roast for 18 minutes, stirring once.
- While veggies are roasting, combine red wine vinegar and splenda, set aside.
- Pour milk into saucepan and set over medium heat, slowly add cornmeal and basil or rosemary, if using, and stir constantly. Heat for 5-7 minutes, until mixture thickens. This is a light & creamy polenta, so should not be dense or lumpy. Pour polenta into three serving bowls.
- Remove veggies from oven and pour red wine mixture over top, stirring to combine.
- Top polenta with veggies and grated parmesan cheese.
This is a good base recipe, but I feel like it needs a little tweaking. The veggies turned out very flavorful - the instructions don't say what to do with the garlic clove or the olive oil, so I sliced two medium sized garlic cloves with the veggies, then used olive oil spray to coat them evenly during roasting. I also added half a red bell pepper, yum! The polenta was very creamy, but needed some seasoning. I added about a teaspoon of kosher salt, but we felt like it still needed something... Unfortunately, I was out of parmesan for sprinkling on top, I'm sure that would have added to the great flavor in the veggies.
This dish was a hit, but did require a few alterations on my part. Following the advice of another reviewer, I used a red, orange, and yellow bell pepper instead of asparagus, since I couldn't get organic asparagus. I added an extra clove of garlic as well. When these veggies are more in season, I could see using asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, you name it, it would taste good in this recipe! I don't usually like zucchini, but this way, it was good, and I'm glad I tried it. I also used regular sugar for the dressing. Now, the polenta is really where I expanded on the recipe, since some reviews stated it was bland. I used BOTH basil and rosemary, dried, 1/2 teaspoon of each; added two small-ish cloves of garlic, minced; threw in a few decent sized pinches of parmesan cheese; increased the salt to 1/2 teaspoon; and used 2% milk. Believe me, it was NOT bland! It tasted fantastic. Put together, it served as a light dinner for two hearty appetites, and will go into my keeper file. =) Thanks for posting!