It's time for another Feed My Family Friday...who's with me;)??
The recipe this week is for Beef polenta ragout. I went out of my box a little more and tried polenta for the first time. Have you ever had it? It looks really scrumptious, like it's going to be really really good. But it honestly doesn't have that much flavor. We even ended up getting the green chile and cilantro flavor by accident and it still didn't have much punch to it.
Okay so this is polenta. I didn't make any homemade. Didn't feel the need to go to that much trouble especially since I'd never tried it before. We found it in the organic section of the refrigerator aisle. It comes in a tube and you slice it. It's basically just cornmeal patties.
I sliced up the tube, put a little olive oil in a skillet and cooked it for a couple of minutes on each side. I salted it a little too. It's actually pretty good, and a wonderful substitute for pasta.
(this looks less than appetizing...but it really was tasty)
Meanwhile in a skillet I browned really lean hamburger and then added it to a slow cooker to simmer (on high for 3 1/2 - 5 1/2 hours) with a 14 ounce can of stewed tomatoes, diced carrots, diced onions, 1/4 tsp. black pepper and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. The last 30 minutes I threw in some sweet peppers and sliced zucchini. You pour the beef mixture over the polenta and serve. Very healthy...colorful and hearty. I would recommend using lots of your favorite spices to give it a punch of flavor.
398. book club with my new peeps
399. lunch in a tea room with sweet grannies
400. Noodles med. salad with marinated steak...yum!
401. being invited to a super bowl party
402. sweet comments about my house that made my head about pop off;)