Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes Over Parmesan Polenta

Chicken Sausage & Polenta

You know the feeling you sometimes get when you arrive home for the day and you can’t decide what to have for dinner?  You have no motivation for cooking and even less motivation to drive out and pick something up?  Well, that’s how we ended up eating this dish.   This meal is quick and easy to make and comes packed with flavor.  This dish is also very filling and comforting.  It’s definitely one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket for when you’re craving comfort food but don’t want to go through the hassle of complicated recipes and also want to stay light on calories.

I promise this is both easy and incredibly delicious.  Enjoy!

-H

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light:

Ingredients:

1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

6 oz chicken sausage (we used gouda/apple or bell pepper sausages)

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 tsp crushed rep pepper flakes

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (I recommend one can “no-salt added” and on can “basil oregano”)

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup water

3/4 cup quick-cook polenta

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add sausage and saute for 3 minutes or until browned.  Add onion and saute fro 5 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic, oregano, pepper and tomatoes; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.

2. While sausage-tomato mixture is cooking, combine chicken broth and water in large saucepan; bring to a boil  Add polenta, stirring in slowly.  Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until polenta is thick.  Stir in half of the Parmesan cheese.

3. Serve the dish – 2/3 cup of polenta in a bowl, top with 3/4 cup of sauce and 1 Tbs of cheese

Nutrition:

Calories: 311

Fat: 10 g

Protein: 16.4 g

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