Polenta with Mushrooms and Roasted Asparagus

Polenta is so easy to make and is a nice change from rice once in a while! The sweetness of the polenta and its creamy texture pair perfectly with the earthiness of the mushrooms and roasted asparagus. This dish would work well with any other roasted veggies, like zucchini, tomatoes or eggplant. This dish is also nice topped with a fresh ingredient like microgreens, herbs or watercress!!

3 cups broth or water (I use half and half)
1 Tblsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup cornmeal (medium or coarsely ground)

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into pieces
1 Tblsp olive oil
Seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder

1 package baby bella (cremini) or white mushrooms
1 Tblsp olive oil or vegan margarine
1/4 cup veggie broth
1-2 Tblsp white wine
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp dried parsley

*Microgreens or herbs to garnish (optional)

HCV_PolentaWithMushroomsAndAsparagus - 1To roast asparagus:
Toss asparagus with olive oil and seasonings.
Spray baking pan with cooking spray and add asparagus.Bake in oven at 375 for 35-40 (or until roasted), tossing occasionally

To make mushroom sauce:
Heat oil or margarine in skillet.
Saute sliced mushrooms on med heat until the become soft and slightly browned.
Add veggie broth, wine and seasonings and bring to a simmer.
Simmer until sauce reduces a little.

HCV_PolentaWithMushroomsAndAsparagus - 1 (1)To make polenta:
Add broth/water, olive oil and salt to a saucepan and bring to boil.
Slowly add cornmeal in a steam into pan, while continually whisking.
Continue to whisk  (or stir) for a few minutes until polenta is thick and creamy.
You can spoon from pan into serving dish when ready, or spoon into a greased pan.
If using pan, the polenta will firm up and you can cut into squares and re-heat when ready.

HCV_PolentaWithMushroomsAndAsparagus - 1 (2)Assemble dish:
Place polenta on serving dish.
Add roasted asparagus on top of polenta.
Top off with mushroom sauce.
Garnish with micro-greens or herbs.


Voila! So delicious!

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