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Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings

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Grilled Garden Vegetables with Basil Polenta
This recipe serves: 4  

For the polenta:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 bay leaf
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1 cup cornmeal (preferably medium ground)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

For the grilled vegetables:
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1 eggplant, sliced 1/3-inch thick
1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/3-inch thick
1 medium summer squash, sliced 1/3-inch thick
1 large red onion, peeled and sliced 1/3-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, quartered, stemmed and seeded
4 large whole mushrooms
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional
8 basil leaves, for garnish

Cooking Instructions
For the polenta:
1. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add the chicken broth, bay leaf, a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Increase the heat and bring the broth to a boil.

3. Slowly whisk the cornmeal into the hot broth. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the polenta has thickened.

4. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper. (The polenta can be made in advance and re-warmed before serving.)

For the grilled vegetables:
1. Preheat the grill.

2. In a food processor, combine the garlic, mustard and vinegar and puree. With the motor running, add the olive oil and chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper. Brush the vegetables with the garlic vinaigrette.

3. Grill the vegetables on a hot grill for 2 minutes on each side. (To keep the onions together, slide a spatula completely underneath each slice to pick up all the rings and turn carefully to grill the other side.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Spoon the warm polenta onto serving plates and arrange the slices of grilled vegetables and mushrooms on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garnish with basil leaves and serve.

Serving Size: 1 cup grilled veggies and 1 cup of polenta

Nutritional Information
Number of Servings: 4
Per Serving
Calories 286 Carbohydrate 39 g
Fat 11 g Fiber 6 g
Protein 11 g Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 487 mg    


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