I happened across this recipe on a website that I’m really starting to enjoy. It also just HAPPENS to be a gluten free recipe, which I love, considering that a very good friend of mine has Celiac’s. I don’t go out of my way to cook gluten-free, but I consider it a bonus when a recipe doesn’t require any funky changes to be gluten free. So yay!
1 recipe prepared polenta, chilled until firm and cut into thin, 1/4 in. thick, 3 inch wide cubes. (Prepare according to box instructions, using veg broth instead of water if desired, and spices to taste)
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
Your favorite grill seasoning (gluten-free)
small bowlful of fresh spinach
marinara sauce (gluten-free, of course- most are, luckily)
Organic cheddar or feta cheese
Heat olive oil in nonstick pan on medium and swirl to evenly cover surface. Add your polenta squares and season generously with grill seasoning. Let brown and then turn. Season browned side and turn once more to set in the spices. Add spinach to one side of the pan and let wilt. To assemble, heat oven to broil. Place browned polenta squares on cookie sheet and top with wilted spinach. Drizzle with marinara sauce and top with organic cheese. Place under broiler and let cheese get melted and golden brown on top.
MGCK started as a New Year's resolution for 2009. I wanted to start trying menu planning, a concept that I had stumbled across while looking for dinner ideas online. I dove into it with energy and saw success immediately. The success only made me more interested in how I could improve, what new recipes I could find, etc. I started using my family blog for menu planning posts and it kind of started to take over. So, I decided to give my culinary fumblings their own home- and MGCK was born.
Why "my grand central kitchen?" Well, I have two young children (one in Kindergarten and one in second grade). I am a Girl Scout troop leader, a master's degree student and I work part time from home. Cooking is a hobby for me. So you could say that aside from the playroom, the kitchen is the busiest room in my house and usually looks it, especially with the way my home is designed...you have to go through it to get anywhere! It feels a bit like Grand Central, especially between 4 and 7 pm.
There's four of us eating in the Kitchen, and we all have different tastes and preferences. One of the kids has some sensory food issues that we're working through, which throws a bigger wrench into an already challenging menu plan preparation. But every week, we're making progress. And some nights, I'm not on duty. Leftovers are always worked in! And PB&Js or grilled cheeses DO happen. I'm not trying to be Martha Stewart, here. I can't be.
I hope that this blog gives me even more inspiration for my own home and the ability to inspire others in the kitchen, as well. I'll be posting not just menu planning and recipe links, but also interesting things I find online, things on my wishlist and recommendations, when I have the time. I try to post the bimonthly meal plans on time, but it rarely happens, although I have the best of intentions. ;)
I certainly hope you enjoy the read.