As a 9-month pregnant mom of a toddler who often works late afternoons and evenings, I don’t love meals that take forever to cook or prep.
I used to love spending eons in the kitchen coming up with fabulous meals, but I just don’t have the energy or the time to enjoy that at this point in my life!
So the current favorite meals are ones that I can prep quickly in advance and throw in the oven or throw together quickly. The current favorite with the little mister (as in, food he will eat) is my made up Polenta bake. It’s happy for me too because it’s adaptable, Gluten Free and Dairy Free!
Easy Polenta Bake
1 tube prepared polenta (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
1 jar preferred Marinara Sauce (I love the Trader Joe’s brand)
1 lb Ground Turkey
Italian seasoning to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic Powder to taste
Set oven to Broil on High
First grease the pyrex dish, then slice the polenta into about 1/4 inch rounds and arrange at the bottom of the pan, lightly brush with olive oil, season to taste (salt, garlic powder, and italian seasoning) and place under the broiler.
Meanwhile, brown the ground turkey and season to taste with your favorite Italian herbs and seasonings.
Time to layer! Dump the meat on top of the polenta and spread it around, thus:
Then pour the Marinara sauce on top and pop it in the oven at 350*F.
bake for 1/2 hour or until the sauce is boiling and people can’t wait to eat any longer!
Hope your family likes this as much as mine does! My picky toddler gobbles this up!