Recipes and Cooking Polenta and Beans 4.0 (3) This vegetarian main dish receives it's Mexican flair from black beans, diced tomatoes, and salsa. Prepare this low-fat recipe in 30-minutes or less. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Total Time: 20 mins Servings: 4 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 3 cup water 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 cup water ½ teaspoon salt 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 cup bottled salsa with cilantro or other salsa ¾ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (3 ounces) Directions For polenta,* in a large saucepan bring the 3 cups water to boiling. In a medium bowl combine cornmeal, the 1 cup water, and salt. Stir cornmeal mixture slowly into the boiling water. Cook and stir until mixture comes to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. (If mixture is too thick, stir in additional water.) Meanwhile, in a large skillet combine the beans, undrained tomatoes, and salsa. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir 1/2 cup of the cheese into the polenta. Divide polenta among four shallow bowls. Top with the bean mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Makes 4 servings * Polenta can be made from a variety of cornmeal products. In this recipe, yellow cornmeal produced the best results. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 311 Calories 8g Fat 49g Carbs 15g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 4 Calories 311 % Daily Value * Total Fat 8g 10% Saturated Fat 4g 20% Cholesterol 19mg 6% Sodium 751mg 33% Total Carbohydrate 49g 18% Protein 15g Vitamin C 16.5mg 83% Calcium 212mg 16% Iron 2.3mg 13% Potassium 342mg 7% Folate, total 20.2mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.