This meal turned out to be very filling with the addition of the homemade polenta.  The best part was the polenta topped with the sauteed greens and mushrooms.

Polenta is just cornmeal and broth, cream, or water (or a combination of those) and whatever seasonings you wish to add.

The polenta made here was simply one cup of cornmeal, 3 cups of broth, and one cup of water.

To make the polenta, heat the water and broth in a sauce pan.  Once it comes to a boil, gradually stir in the cornmeal, just a little bit at a time to avoid clumping.  Continue stirring almost non-stop until the polenta reaches your desired consistency.  In this case the polenta was cooked until it started pulling away from the walls of the pan and clumped together in the pot.  It was thick but not tough.

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Cooking the polenta -- not done yet!

In the meantime, wash/chop your veggies for roasting.  Roasting is simple.. preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and prep any veggies you wish to roast.  In this case I used carrots, white yams, green beans, and Chinese broccoli stalks.   I reserved the greens from the broccoli for sauteeing.

Toss the veggies with a little olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, leek if desired, and any seasoning you prefer.  Here I used oregano, pepper, salt, thyme, and fresh rosemary from the garden.

Bake the veggies for 30-45 minutes, turning periodically to ensure they don’t burn.

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Roasted veggies - Broccoli, potatoes, carrots, green beans

Now for the sauteed greens and mushrooms.  Chop your mushrooms, greens, and asparagus (optional but delicious).

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mmm.. asparagus

 

Heat a little oil in a pan and sautee a little diced garlic and leek for a minute.  Add the veggies and sautee until wilted and cooked through but still crunchy, 5-10 minutes.

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Sauteed greens, asparagus, and mushrooms

Serve all together on one big happy plate!

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Polenta with sauteed and roasted veggies

 

or… top with curry seasoned chicken… (recipe to come):

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Polenta & veggies topped with curry-seasoned chicken

 

 

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