We have been doing really well at sticking to our cash budget! One of our BIGGEST downfalls is not having any food ready at night and just caving in and eating out or ordering a pizza. So having easy, fast meals on the menu is a vital part of us sticking to our budget.
One of our favorite fast and easy dishes was a variation of an eMeals recipe that was sliced polenta fried up and garnished with a tomato wine salsa, but pre-made polenta chubs are almost $4 at our local store. Since we are trying to keep our grocery budget as low as possible, buying pre-made polenta was out of the question.
So after a little research, and trial and error, I made my own! I used 1 C of polenta and about 6 cups of water. Bring the water and polenta to a boil, then turn it down to a slow simmer. The cook time will depend on the coarseness of your polenta. Mine was fairly coarse, so I simmered mine for close to an hour.
Once the polenta was thoroughly cooked I put it in a couple of containers, covered it, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I like to use old tin cans that have been cleaned out. I line them with saran wrap, spoon the polenta in them, then secure some more saran wrap over the top so they don’t dry out as they cool.
To make this particular dish I slice the polenta, lightly brown it in a pan with some olive oil, then plate it. You can use fresh tomatoes, or diced tomatoes for the salsa. I chop about 4 Roma tomatoes, or use 1 can of diced, drained. Add them to a skillet with 1/2 C of white wine, and simmer until the wine is reduced. Salt to taste and serve over polenta.
A little preparation goes a long ways in staying on track!
This is day 21 in the series 31 Days Of Learning To Be Positive. Click here to check out the entire series.