Since making dinner is one of the two things I commit to getting done each day, I try to do it first thing (and by that I mean the first time that FVB is either asleep in the moby or happy enough to play in his bouncy seat, anywhere between 8-11am) Typically I have a loose plan for our weekly dinners, and by Fridays we are usually in our “use up whatever’s left mode.” Today we had: black beans, onion, and a tube of polenta. I also had a tin of green chiles and salsa, plus just a bit of cheddar Daiya cheese to use up. Perfect for polenta casserole! If you’ve never used polenta, you should try it. It’s super yummy and comes with different “mix ins,” like sun dried tomato and garlic or cilantro and green chile (what I has on hand). I know you can make it, but this pre packaged stuff is so easy and it slices.
FVB is a great supervisor. He always times his fussiness for when I have the most number of time sensitive things happening, like boiling something or cooking something in the fry pan (usually both, plus something delicate in the toaster oven, like nuts, which are un-toasted one minute and black and smoking the next). Anyway, today he was very uncharacteristically cooperative and we managed to throw this together in no time!
I cooked up up the onions first just until they were a little soft. As they were cooking I sliced up my polenta and sprayed my casserole dish. Then I mixed up black beans, salsa, green chiles, and the cooked onions in a bowl. Then I layered the dish like so: polenta slices, black bean mixture, cheese. I did two layers. Hubs had some grated cow cheese in the fridge, so I split our dish in half using tin foil and did cow cheese for him and veg cheese for me. I don’t usually do this unless I’m low on Daiya. Hubs doesn’t LOVE Daiya and to be honest it’s kind of expensive to waste on someone who’s only luke warm about it!
Popped it in the fridge and will bake in the toaster oven at 350 for 30 minutes or so whenever we are ready to eat (with a salad, of course)!