Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tamale Pie

Polenta is one of those things I always have on hand. I have both the prepared and non prepared versions in my pantry. This tamale pie uses the prepared roll from Trader Joe's. This dish has flavors similar to a tamale but without all the fuss. 30 minutes start to finish, filling and a good way to sneak in veggies! Serve with a salad and you have a well balanced meal. This is also easily made vegetarian - just take out the meat!

Tamale Pie

The Stuff:
1 roll of prepared polenta cut into quarter inch slices

Turkey Taco meat from here
3/4 can fat free refried beans
1 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1 small can diced green chilies
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms, sauteed
5 chopped small sweet peppers, sauteed 

The How To:
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Spray an 8"x8" casserole dish with cooking spray
  • Cover bottom of dish with layer of polenta rounds, rip one round into pieces and cover up any holes
  • Use a spatula to cover polenta with refried beans
  • Top beans with turkey meat
  • Top meat and beans with leftover polenta
  • Top with the chilies and cheese
  • Add the sauteed veggies (note, you can add zucchini, tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers, squash or whatever other veggies float your boat. You can saute them all together after you cook the turkey  - in the same pan even - until tender)
  • Top that with remaining cheese, and a couple dashes of ancho chili power or chili powder
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly
Weight Watchers friends: Cut into 6 servings, 1 serving is 6 points


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