Hopping John with Grits Polenta

Hopping John with Grits Polenta
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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
50 mins
Chill:
2 hrs
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Hopping John with Grits Polenta

Ingredients
1
recipe Grits Polenta
3/4
cup uncooked long grain brown rice
1/2
16 ounce package frozen black-eyed peas or one 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 1/2
cups chopped red, yellow, and/or green sweet peppers
1
cup thinly bias-sliced carrots
1
cup frozen whole kernel corn
1
tablespoon finely chopped shallot or onion
4
cloves garlic, minced
2
teaspoons snipped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8
teaspoon black pepper
2
teaspoons olive oil or cooking oil
2
medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2
tablespoons snipped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions, except omit any salt. If using frozen black-eyed peas, cook peas according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a covered 12-inch skillet cook sweet peppers, carrots, corn, shallot, garlic, thyme, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper in hot oil for 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir the cooked rice, black-eyed peas, and tomatoes into vegetable mixture. Cook, covered, over low heat about 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the grits mixture into 12 wedges. Arrange wedges on the greased unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until surface is slightly crisp and beginning to brown. Serve the rice mixture over polenta wedges.

Grits Polenta

Ingredients

1 1/3
cups water
2/3
cup fat-free milk
1/8
teaspoon salt
1/2
cup quick-cooking white (hominy) grits
1/2
cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine 1-1/3 cups water, 2/3 cup fat-free milk, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Slowly add 1/2 cup quick-cooking white (hominy) grits, stirring with a whisk. Cook and stir for 5 to 7 minutes or until very thick. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese until melted. Spread in a greased 9-inch pie plate.

Nutrition Facts

(Hopping John with Grits Polenta)
    Per serving:
  • 284 kcal cal.,
  • 5 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 7 mg chol.,
  • 254 mg sodium,
  • 51 g carb.,
  • 6 g fiber,
  • 8 g sugar,
  • 11 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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