Green Chile Cheese Polenta Bowls
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can black beansrinsed and drained
  • 2 Roma tomatoescored, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼cup diced red onion
  • 1 ripe avocadopitted, peeled and chopped
  • 1tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1clove garlicminced
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4cups water
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1cup polenta (corn grits or stone-ground whole cornmeal)
  • 1cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1tablespoon butter
  • ½cup medium Hatch flame-roasted green chile (TRY: 505 Southwestern)
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (5-ounce) package coarsely chopped kale
  • ¼teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½cup pepitastoasted
  1. Prepare relish: In a medium bowl, combine beans, tomatoes, bell pepper and red onion. Toss avocado with lime juice; add bean mixture along with cilantro, garlic, oil, vinegar and salt. Gently toss to combine, and set aside at room temperature.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. Whisk polenta into the boiling water, and decrease heat to low. Simmer on low for about 15 minutes, whisking often until mixture thickens and corn granules are tender. Remove pan from heat, and stir in cheese and butter until melted. Stir in green chile, cover, and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add kale, and sprinkle with pepper; sauté 3–4 minutes until kale starts to soften.
  4. To serve, divide polenta among bowls and top each with a portion of the sautéed kale and Black Bean Relish. Sprinkle with pepitas, and serve warm.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Green Chile Cheese Polenta Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134551 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 762mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 3g
Protein 19g 38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

PER SERVING (1¾ cup):  551 cal, 23g fat (11g mono, 5g poly, 7g sat), 21mg chol, 762mg sodium, 68g carb (12g fiber, 3g sugars), 19g protein