Do you ever get stuck in a rut with your dinner making? I tend to serve lots of tacos, spaghetti, hot dogs/chicken sausages (with fruit and veggies on the side, so it’s not a total waste of a meal!), and rotisserie chicken. The other day I decided to mix things up a bit and remake one of my old favorites in a newer, healthier way. I used to make this Polenta Casserole with plain old spaghetti sauce, which was still pretty tasty. This time, however, I decided to make my own sauce and cram it full of veggies that the kids wouldn’t even know they were eating!! The casserole was a huge hit!
For the sauce, I put a large can of organic diced tomatoes in my blender, with some veggies and sea salt, and let it go to town on the hot setting. I’ve told you a few times that I’m totally loving this hot setting on my NutriBullet for recipes like this one. It makes it so much easier to make puréed soups, sauces, and hot drinks, and my family eats lots of all of those foods this time of year!
This dinner is very easy to prep ahead of time, and you can just stick it in the oven an hour before you’re ready to eat it. All you need for a complete meal is in this one dish, so no need to add anything else! It’s really easy! I also easily modified it for people who cannot have dairy. They can have the full recipe except for the cheese.
After using the sauce for the polenta casserole I had about half a cup left over. It smelled really good, so instead of pouring it out, I drank it. Something magical must have happened in the blending/heating process because I felt SO good after drinking it! I didn’t mention that to my husband when I invited him to finish the sauce off, and he told me it gave him a rush of energy. How cool is that? This is serious health food, and you won’t believe the flavor!
Blending veggies down to a very fine liquid state extracts more nutrients by breaking down the cell walls. It also makes the fiber easier to digest, so your system will be very happy! Even if you don’t want to make this casserole, I highly recommend drinking the sauce as a soup! By the way, I don’t usually like tomato soup…this one wasn’t overly acidic, though.