Before I begin, I have to warn you that this post is full of photos that are going to make your tummy growl.
Don't get mad at me if you drool on your keyboard.
Ok, now, let's get started.
Today I want to share with you one of my all time favorite low calorie dinners. I have been making this dish for years, and my family absolutely loves when this meal is on the dinner menu.
As with most of my recipes, it's super easy peasy....my favorite.
It's also chock full of veggies, and incredibly healthy.
But most of all, it's absolutely, completely, and utterly delicious!
Ok, here we go!
In a large skillet over medium heat, drizzle some olive oil. When it's hot, toss in two sliced large onions.
While the onions are cooking, slice up two bell peppers. I used an orange and a yellow one, because that's what I had. Add them in with the onions and toss them together.
If you have a griddle pan, now's the time to get it good and hot. If not, you'll have to use a regular pan, also on high heat.
Gather the rest of your ingredients. Tomatoes, baby spinach, scallions, and plain polenta.
You'll also need chicken sausages and some marinara sauce. I used homemade from the freezer, but jarred marinara works fine for this recipe as well.
When the peppers and onions are nice and soft, put them in a bowl and put a plate over them to keep them warm. Return the pan to the heat.
Slice the chicken sausage and throw it into the hot pan.
The polenta slices go on the hot griddle pan at the same time.
My pans are Calphalon non-stick. so I don't use any oil other than a scant drizzle for the onions/peppers at the start.
While the chicken sausage and polenta are browning, prep the rest of your veggies.
When the sausage is nice and brown, toss in the marinara. Mine was still frozen so I made a hole in the middle of the sausage. put the frozen sauce in, lowered the heat, and put the lid on until it was warm. I'd guess this is about a cup and a half or two cups of sauce.
When the polenta is a bit brown on one side, turn it over to grill the other side.
Are you starting to drool yet? Look at all that gorgeous yumminess right there!
When the sauce is heated through, it's time to return the peppers and onions to the pan.
Toss the sliced tomatoes on top, give everything a stir, put the lid on, and let it simmer for a few minutes, until the tomatoes start to break down.
Toss in the spinach, a bit at a time, stirring it in to wilt and adding more as you have room.
When all the spinach is stirred in, it's time to season the dish. I use McCormick's Garlic & Herb seasoning. I love the fact that it is salt free, and it adds just the right amount of seasoning to this dish that is already chock full of flavor.
I warned you, didn't I? Yum, I can almost taste it now!
This was Sweetie's dish, so I gave him 5 slices of polenta. After all, he's a growing boy! For myself, I use 3 slices.
I seriously love this meal. It's so healthy, and yet completely comfort-food satisfying!
Garnish with sliced scallions and finish with a sprinkle of Pecorino Romano.
If any of you are following Weight Watchers like me, this meal is a low 6 Smart Points (with 3 slices of polenta.)
And I promise you, you will absolutely love it!