Southwestern Polenta Cakes

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Try your polenta Southwestern-style!

Looking for a quick and easy vegetarian entrée that is full of flavor? These delicious polenta cakes, topped with smoky black beans and a vibrant cilantro lime cream sauce, should fit the bill. Polenta is a gluten-free, versatile alternative to pasta or rice, and is delicious when lightly seared. The next time you’re looking for an impressive, filling, and healthy meal, these Southwestern polenta cakes won’t disappoint.

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Southwestern Polenta Cakes

This vegetarian dish is high in fiber and provides a hearty bite that's filling and delicious.
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 4 slices polenta, 1/2 cup vegetables, 1 tablespoon sauce
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 eggplant small, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes can
  • 1 cup black beans cooked
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels frozen
  • 1 prepared polenta package, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice fresh


  • Heat half the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and eggplant and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the spices and salt and cook for 1 more minute. Add the tomatoes and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and stir in the black beans and corn. Turn off heat.
  • In another skillet, heat remaining olive oil. Add the polenta slices and cook until light browned and crispy on both sides.
  • Top the polenta slice with the vegetable mixture. To make the sauce, whisk together the yogurt with the cilantro and lime juice. Drizzle over top the polenta cakes and top with extra cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4slices polenta, 1/2 cup vegetables, 1 tablespoon sauce | Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 210mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 10g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
Keywords Vegetarian

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