tomato braised beans and greens served over polenta

Dinner tonight was a winner on so many levels. It came together quickly on a Friday night where I would have been okay just eating cereal.  It's ingredients are super cheap and hopefully some of the items are things you already have in your pantry.  Although we ate it on it's own it would be the perfect pairing to a nice piece of halibut or sea bass that was simply prepared.  Of course chicken would work as well but I think the flavors are delicate enough that fish would just fit so nicely on top of this dish.

Also, I just have to say it- it looks fancy.  I could see myself quite happily eating this at a restaurant any day. I'd highly recommend making this as a side or as your meal if you're a veg, or like us just eat veg pretty often.

{Recipe inspired by and adapted from Cooking Light}

{Ingredients You'll Need}

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (19 ounce can) of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 collard green leaves, ribs removed and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup coarse yellow dry polenta
{Sauce Instructions}
  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan then add in your garlic and cook for just a minute before adding in the tomatoes and sage.  Simmer for about 12 minutes until the liquid is reduced. (While you're working on the sauce start on the polenta)
  2. After about 12 minutes add salt and pepper to taste and then add the beans and collard greens.  You can add the greens earlier if you want them to cook longer but I liked a bit of the texture they still had adding them in at this point.  Cook these over simmering heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until greens are softened.

{Polenta Instructions}

  1. Boil 4 cups of water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  2. Once the water is boiling pour in the polenta and stir constantly for about 2 minutes.  Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes.  Uncover and stir for 2 minutes.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Uncover and stir for 2 minutes.  Cover for 5 minutes...Uncover and stir for 2 minutes.  Cover for 5 more minutes then uncover and stir for 2 minutes.  The polenta should look great at this point and is ready!

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