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Cheesy polenta with garlic and herbs

Some days I know exactlly what I’m going to eat for lunch and some days, like today I just start with something basic and build on it until it becomes something so amazing I want to lick the plate. It helped that I had a partner in crime (Jess) who loves food and cooking as much as I do. when I made the polenta, standing stirring it while feeding my very hungry son (who by the way is as big of a food lover as I am) I almost felt like an Italian house wife from a movie and I almost burst out singing Italian opera but I didn’t want to scare Noah:)
The polenta was so good and I served it with a black bean and vegetable stew in a cayenne pepper and saffron sauce. I did not pay too much attention to the measurements of the sauce but I will put on my thinking hat and post the recipe tomorrow. The polenta however can be served with any vegetables, sauted mushrooms or a basic tomato sauce.
1 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves, grated
3/4 cup corn meal
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh basil and oregano leafs, chopped
1/2 cup grated cheese
  1. Heat oil in a pot on medium heat and saute garlic for a few seconds, not letting them brown. Add corn meal, water and salt and simmer on low heat until it thickens while stirring often. Preheat oven to F400.
  2. Spread polenta in a a baking pan ( I used a pie mold).
  3. Spread cheese in an even layer over polenta and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Done!!!!

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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