Guest Post - With a Heart Full of Daisies

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Hello She is Sara readers! My name is Kate (some people call me Lainey)
 and I blog over at With a Heart Full of Daisies.  I was pretty pumped when Sara asked me to do a guest post while she enjoys her vacation. I met Sara at a blogger meetup this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan and she is such a fun, sweet girl, with an awesome blog! 

 Over at my blog I like to talk about a variety of my passions; from fashion, running, decorating, to cooking.  Today I thought I'd feature one of my new favorite recipes! 

Polenta Squares

What you'll need: 
1 cup cornmeal
3 cups water
3 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
(you can use real butter as well) 
1 tomato, diced
1 jalapeno, chopped
2 can of beans
handful of cilantro
juice of 2 limes
1/2 onion, chopped

First make the polenta! 
Bring water to a boil.  Slowly whisk in cornmeal. 
Reduce heat to a simmer & cook until cornmeal thickens - about 10-15 minutes. 
Stir frequently. Once thick, remove from heat and stir in butter til melted. 
Put polenta in a 8X8 dish and refrigerate till chilled. 
Once chilled, heat a skillet with a tad of oil. 
Fry however many squares you will need. 

Then make the toppings
Combine black beans, jalapeno, diced tomato, onions,
 juice of limes, cilantro, salt & pepper, and about 1/4 cup of oil. 
Feel free to add more spices like garlic powder or oregano. 
This topping can be put on chilled or warmed. 



Have you ever tried polenta? 
The major reason why I'm loving this recipe right now is how fast it is to make. In between coming home from my job to start working on our new house, I sometimes just don't want to spend an hour cooking. What I usually do is make the polenta the night before, which takes about 5 minutes, then refrigerate it overnight. Taking the time to chop up the topping ingredients and combining them is extremely easy and fast as well. 
What I love about the topping is that it doubles as a salsa as I made a double batch for my husband to snack on. Need a breakfast version? Try frying up a polenta square and putting maple syrup on it!!! 

Hope everyone has a lovely Saturday! 
Thanks Sara for having me guest post. :) 


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  1. Oh hello deliciousness.
    Lovely post!

    sweetness xx
    hope to hear from you*!

  2. Um... delicious. And how fun to know that you both know each other! Someday I'll get to meet other bloggers, hehe.

  3. Yum! I love polenta, I've been eating it a lot lately as Jon isn't eating anything with gluten in it. So we use it as a substitute for spaghetti noodles.

  4. o.k....putting myself out there but...i didn't know polenta was made out of cornmeal! lol :/!! I can do this right now and satisfy a curiosity :) thank you for sharing.

  5. How great! I love polenta but have never attempted to make it myself. This gives me courage. Thanks. Oh, and I'm jealous that you got to meet Sara in person!

  6. wow yummmmmmi .... i like ur dish it has so must protean in it .....

  7. This looks great. My wife and I are gonna be trying it tonight!


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