Yesterday, I had Italian food on the brain and whipped up some crispy pizza polenta cakes for lunch. These were super easy, but you do have to plan ahead a bit.
To make, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. While the water heats up, stir together 1 and 1/4 cups cornmeal together with 1 cup water and then slowly add the cornmeal mixture to the boiling water. Allow the cornmeal to cook over low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool and then refrigerate for a couple of hours. I made the polenta right before yoga class and when I got back home, I simply threw it into my food processor along with some freshly chopped basil, sun dried tomatoes, and crumbled goat cheese. I then formed 10 little cakes and baked them in a 350℉ oven for 45 minutes and served with warm pizza sauce. Mmm, like little mini pizzas and just what I needed!
For dinner, I decided to use up some of the leftover pizza sauce and made a meatloaf of sorts…
I combined 1 pound grass-fed ground beef with 1 TBSP Italian seasonings, 2 tsp onion powder, pinch of salt, pinch of garlic powder, freshly chopped basil, and crumbled goat cheese. I then topped the whole thing with pizza sauce and baked it a shallow glass baking dish for 1 hour in a 350℉. It came out perfect. CD made the veggies and ended up adding the remainder of the pizza sauce to them at the last minute. Another lovely Italian infused meal.
Be back later with the winners of the Nutmeric Giveaway, and so you still have a few more hours to enter!
For all my local readers, please check out Blow Out for Books in support of my friend Kristin at the Green Pea Salon. Details below:
Some of you know that our stylist, Kristin Russell has been working on her first novel, RECOVERING RAMONA for the past few years. Kristin is going to self-publish the book, and we are very excited and want to support her in this endeavor. To raise money for pricey publishing expenses, we are doing BLOW OUTS FOR BOOKS, on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, from 10-4.
It is a forty dollar suggested donation for the service, and all of the proceeds will go to the publication of RECOVERING RAMONA. Frothy Monkey will be providing coffee and muffins, and we will have some “adult brunch beverages” and other refreshments to celebrate the day.
There is a limited amount of space for this event, so please call and make your appointment today. Also, mark your calendar to fall back for daylight savings the night before!! We love our 12 South neighborhood, and want to support our unique artistic community (especially when it’s one of our Green Pea girls!). If you don’t need a blow out, feel free to stop by and say hey!
Green Pea Salon
2900 12th Avenue South