Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dairy-Free Polenta Lasagna

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday was a great day... started off with the pancakes, then lunch was a HUGE salad..
Romaine, broccoli, carrots, corn, black beans, 2 slices of turkey, red pepper flakes, italian dressing, and a dusting of nutritional yeast... yum yum yum

Once The Boy got home from work, we took Stanley to the park to release some of that crazy dog energy!

I spent the better part of the day creating a recipe (will follow)... Dairy-Free Polenta Lasagna

I started off with making the Polenta

As it was thickening up, I added in some dried basil and garlic powder... stir, stir, stir

Once the polenta is THICK (~15 min), pour & spread in an oiled dish to firm up (~10 min)..

As the polenta is firming, caramelize some chopped onions & brown ground turkey (or meat substitute). Add in a little garlic salt.. & then combine the onions & turkey

The polenta should be firm by now... turn the dish upside down on to a plate to continue the cooldown.

Julienne (or cut up) some veggies that are in the fridge & saute.  I used zucchini, carrots & cabbage...

Cut the polenta in half, lengthwise, in order to begin the layering process...

(pic won't turn... hmmm...)
You get the idea.

I cut the polenta, spread some tomato sauce on top, added tomato sauce to the meat & onion mixture (simmer)... then LAYERRR

I layered polenta, veggies, meat, polenta, veggies meat....

Then cook at 350 for 20 mins (covered)... then uncover & cook an additional 10. Voila!

(I added some nutritional yeast for the cheesy taste...)

Polenta Lasagna
.5c of Polenta
1.5c water
.5t basil
.5t garlic
.5 tsp salt
10 oz. turkey
.5 onion
1 zucchini
1 carrot
tomato sauce
red pepper flakes (to taste)

1. Cook polenta, add in basil, garlic, salt (stir, shape, cool)
2. Brown turkey
3. Caramelize onions
4. Combine turkey and onions
5. Julienne zucchini, carrots & chop cabbage
6. Cook veggies
7. Heat tomato sauce & add in turkey mixture, red pepper flakes, dash basil
8. Cut polenta in half to layer...
9. Layer polenta, veggies, meat, repeat
10. Cook 350 for 20 mins covered then 10 mins uncovered..
11. Dust with nutritional yeast!
12. ENJOY!

I am off to purchase an ice cream maker... recipes to come for sure!

Love, Haley

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