Recipe ReDux: Grilled Polenta Veggie Stacks with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

Today, I’m super excited to be sharing my first Recipe ReDux post with you!  And, I’m especially thrilled to be in the company of so many other fabulous healthy food bloggers!

Before I share my recipe with you, let me tell you a little bit about the Recipe ReDux

As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians {Regan Jones, Serena Ball, and Deanna Seagrave-Daly}, the Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them healthier for you.

The first Recipe Redux challenge is “Grilling”, and with summer finally here {Happy Summer Solstice Day!}, there truly could be no better challenge then grilling up healthy dishes on the BBQ.

Typically when we grill at our house, the main course is some sort of meat…tri-tip…burgers…chicken…pork loin…

I’m sure you get the picture…

So, for this challenge I thought it would be fun to whip up something vegetarian for the entree.

Having tasted {and loved!} grilled polenta at our friends’ Brian and Ana’s house a few summers ago, and having always loved the smoky taste of grilled veggies, I decided to experiment with a grilled polenta and veggie stack.

The inspiration for the balsamic cherry tomatoes came from my friend Brooke, who roasted a similar version when we were skiing together this past spring in Mammoth.

I mean, really, how can you go wrong with cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of sugar???

So, without further adieu, here’s my first entry in to the Recipe ReDux

Let the fun begin!

Grilled Polenta Veggie Stacks with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

  • 2 cups uncooked cornmeal polenta-I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Corn Grits Polenta
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 4 zucchini, cleaned, and sliced vertically in to 3 long strips each
  • 3 bell peppers, cleaned, cored and sliced in to rings
  • 2 packages cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced into 1/4 inch rings
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Balsamic vinegar, to taste
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella OR 1 11 ounce log goat cheese
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Directions:

  1. Prepare polenta by heating water, cornmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon salt  in large saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and cook until polenta has thickened.  Pour warm polenta into a greased 3 x 9  bread pan and let sit until firm.
  2. While polenta is setting, prep veggies {mushrooms, peppers, and zucchini}: wash them thoroughly, pat dry, and then slice them as indicated above.  Place them on a platter and drizzle both sides of veggies with olive oil and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Prepare cherry tomatoes.  After slicing them in half, combine cherry tomatoes and minced garlic in a bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, and add a sprinkle of sugar.
  4. Cut fresh mozzarella or goat cheese in to 24 1/4 inch thick slices, then set aside on plate.
  5. Wash basil, then snip off 12 leaves for garnish.
  6. Check to make polenta is firm, and invert bread pan on to plate.  Cut polenta horizontally, into 12 slices, and place on plate.
  7. Now, the grilling fun begins!  Start the grill {I used our outdoor gas grill}, and while it is getting hot, take your prepped veggies, polenta, cheese, tomatoes, and basil to the grill.  Spray the grill with olive oil or other oil to prevent food from sticking, and when the grill is ready, place polenta directly on grill.  After a few minutes, turn polenta over and cook the other side until you see grill marks.  Remove polenta to plate and cover with aluminum foil while you grill the veggies.  Place the portobellos, zucchini slices, and bell peppers directly on the grill, and place the cherry tomatoes in a grill basket.  Turn mushrooms, bell peppers, and zucchini over after a couple of minutes, and toss tomatoes periodically in basket.  When the veggies look ready remove them to a plate, and return the tomatoes to the bowl to toss with any remaining marinade. Cut each zucchini slice half, and cut portobellos in to thirds.
  8. To assemble layer as follows: 1 slice polenta; portobello mushroom; 1 slice cheese; 2 slices zucchini side-by-side; 1 slice cheese; 1 slice bell pepper. Spoon balsamic cherry tomatoes on top, and garnish with basil.  Makes 12 side dishes or 6 main dishes {serve 2 veggie stacks per person}.

The verdict?

Pure roasted veggie deliciousness!

We ended up having a last minute impromptu dinner party. {As so often happens at our house during the summer since we have a pool, and pool + grill=FUN!}

I’m happy to report that all the feedback was positive…

Even my meat loving husband, Ian, was impressed!

Now I’m off to check out all the other Recipe ReDux entries…

Hope you’ll join me!

Recipe ReDux Bloggers

Alexandra Caspero Grilled Summer Fruit Salad
Alysa Bajenaru – Inspired RD Grilled Romaine Salad
Ann Dunaway Teh – Eat to Nourish, Energize & Flourish!
Grilled Flank Steak with Grilled Corn and Peach Salsa
Cindy Brison – Nutrition Know How Grilled Vegetables-Not Like Your Mom Made!
Chef Pandita Grilled Vegetables
Danielle Omar – Food Confidence Grilled Sweet Peppers
Diane Welland – EatWellEatClean Grilled Beet & Onion Salad with Goat Cheese
The Nutrition Budgeteer-Dr Barb’s Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad
EA Stewart – Grilled Polenta Veggie Stacks with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
Emma Stirling – The Scoop on Nutrition Char Siu BBQ Pork
Gretchen – Kumquat Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers
Jackie Mills- Delicious Diabetes Cooking Grilled Proscuitto Shrimp with Asian Dipping Sauce
Jessica Fishman Levinson – Nutritioulicious Grilled Salmon Burgers with Cherry Chutney
Kat Lynch – Eating The Week Portobello mushrooms stuffed with spiced couscous
Katie Caputo- East Meats West Succulent Sirloin Kabobs
Kristen – Swanky Dietitian Portabella Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Corn
Lisa – Healthful Sense Grilled Veggie Bean Burgers
Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex – Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen
Mushroom Burgers with the Works, Mushroom Cannellini Spread
Marie Spano Italian Grilled Turkey Burgers
Nicole Ferring Holovach – Whole Health RD Grilled Eggs
Rebecca Scritchfield – MeFirst Grilled Plantains: A Sweet Summer Side Dish
Regan – The Professional Palate Grilled Eggplant & Two-Tomato Whole-Wheat Piadina
Serena – Teaspoon of Spice Grilled Watermelon Salad

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Comments

  1. wow! That looks incredible!

  2. these look so delicious… and your veggie photos are fantastic! thanks for sharing… and so excited to “redux” with you!

  3. Fabulous recipe!! Love grilled veggies and grilled polenta!

  4. Beautiful veggie shots! Father’s day is next month here in the Dominican Republic, I’ll try your grilled polenta that day… I’m sure no one in my family has tried it because neither have I ;)

  5. This looks and sounds delicious!! What a fun idea. I had never thought to grill polenta. I’m having so much fun checking out everyone’s recipes!

  6. That looks beautiful…Have never had grilled polenta before….Love the look and taste of ngrilled veggies…Will to have to give this a go…nice space…

    -Shilpa

  7. We don’t have a grill at the moment, and I really miss grilled vegetables, especially grilled portobellos! The grilled polenta and veggies sound delicious! Now I just need to get my hands on a grill… :)

  8. I love this idea! I have never tried grilled polenta before but it is now on my list! So glad we are dong Recipe Redux – I’m learning so much from everyone!

  9. This looks great and I love your photos – they are amazing!

  10. Yum! I’m on vacation in Curacao and they serve ‘polenta” (aka cornmeal) mashed with black beans and formed into a dense roll. Your grilled version looks fantastic. Will definitely have to give it a try!

  11. These look amazing!
    You had me at mozzarella! Yum!

  12. I agree. The shots are amazing. The dish sounds amazing. I’m SO impressed!

    I have never grilled polenta… not sure why. Scared it would fall apart, maybe? But you’ve definitely got me thinking it’s up next!

    Thanks for participating!!

  13. Excellent recipe! I think these will be a summertime staple in my house.

  14. Saw your recipe listed on Alysa’s blog and it stood out. These sound great and I assume the tomatoes could be done in the oven as well? I know, it was a grilling theme. I love grilling fish for fish tacos. I may have to do this recipe redux thing.

  15. WOW. grilled polenta. this just sounds fantastic!!!! :D btw, got my leap testing yesterday! thanks so much for everything!

  16. Thanks so much for all your comments! Hope you give it a try!
    Lauren, and anyone else who’s interested in creating healthy, delicious recipes…You should definitely join the group. Check out the Recipe ReDux site for more details: http://professionalpalate.squarespace.com/thereciperedux/

  17. great dish and lovely idea I wish I could commit to these but will promote for all the RDS

  18. Looks amazing! I am always looking for new ways to jazz up bella mushrooms. Glad to be part of the Recipe Redux- i’m a fellow CLT :)

  19. Stunning photos and this grilled polenta is at the top my list to try!

  20. wow these look so good and Yuri’s right – the photos are terrific !

  21. This looks great! I LOVE grilled polenta. It was my Plan B if the eggs didn’t turn out :p I love your blog!

  22. Beautiful shots and I adore balsamic with grilled veggies. Healthy and so delicious!

  23. Magnificent website. A lot of helpful information here.

    I’m sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you on your sweat!

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