We haven't had polenta for a little while, so we did tonight. It was a quick, simple meal to make.
The polenta I cooked in almond milk to give it richness. The ragu is made with tomatoes, lentils, carrots, onions, garlic and parsley. Lentils cook very fast, in about 30 minutes, and are very tasty and healthy. No brainer there.
I served this meal with a broccoli 'salad' with garlic and red chili flakes. Salad because I cooled it to room temp after I steamed them and added a clove of minced garlic. The garlic 'cooks' while the broccoli is still hot and the color is still vibrant because I cooked the broccoli just until tender crisp and removed them from the heat promptly.
Cost Breakdown: lentils: $1 tomatoes: $2 onions, garlic, carrots: $1.50 parsley, broccoli: $3 polenta, almond milk: $2 Total to feed a family of 6: $9.50