I don't know what other stay-at-home women do, but I like to give myself a simple, nutritious lunch. Polenta takes little more time than making a sandwich, and is a yummy, satisfying, warm lunch that is so comforting. Especially in this unseasonably chilly August weather we're having here in Central New York.
It took several tries before I actually starting to like polenta. It's basically mush. Cornmeal mush. That doesn't sound too appetizing, does it? But like any peasant food, it takes some getting used to, and of course finding the right combination of add-ins to make it right for you. This is my favorite.
3-1/4 cups water
1 cup spinach (fresh, or frozen & thawed)
generous pinch of two of salt
3/4 cup yellow polenta
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
A note on salt: I'm usually pretty conservative about salt, but in my opinion, spinach is a very bland vegetable that requires strong seasoning. Use your judgment, but be generous here. An alternative might be to use chicken broth instead of water.
Combine water, spinach and salt in a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
While stirring, add cornmeal in a thin, continuous stream. Continue to stir until the polenta starts to pull away from the sides of the pan (about 5 minutes).
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Serve hot.
If you wish to add some protein, a few grilled shrimp would be delicious here. Personally, I'm enjoying vegetarian lunches lately, so this really hit the spot for me.