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Black Bean Polenta Bowls from One Lovely Life (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Black Bean Polenta Bowls (Gluten Free & Vegan)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Description

Black Bean Polenta Bowls – Creamy polenta gets topped with black beans, pico de gallo, and allll the fixin’s for a delicious vegan dinner the whole family will love! (Gluten Free & Vegan)


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Ingredients

FOR THE POLENTA:

  • 1 1/2 cups dry polenta (certified gluten-free, if needed)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond or cashew) or additional broth
  • (Optional: 1-2 Tbsp. butter, vegan butter, or olive oil for richer polenta)

FOR THE BLACK BEANS:

  • 2 (14oz) cans black beans
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 12 Tbsp. minced cilantro

TO SERVE:

  • 12 cups pico de gallo (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 avocados
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • You favorite taco toppings – lettuce, olives, cilantro, cheese, etc.

Instructions

FOR THE POLENTA:

  1. Add dry polenta, broth, and salt to a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and carefully cook while whisking for 8-10 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the polenta is still soft and easy to scoop, but no longer has bite. (Note: polenta can splatter when cooking, so work carefully, and don’t hesitate to reduce the heat as needed. You can also cover it with a lid and stir more occasionally, if that’s easier)
  3. Remove from heat and stir in milk (and butter/oil, if using).

FOR THE BLACK BEANS:

  1. While the polenta is cooking, prep your black beans.
  2. Combine black beans (drain, if desired), cumin, chili powder, and cilantro in a bowl or saucepan.
  3. Microwave to heat in the bowl, or gently warm over medium-low heat on the stovetop.
  4. Taste and add more seasoning, as desired.

TO BUILD BOWLS:

  1. Layer about 3/4 cup of polenta per person, about 1/2 cup black beans, 1/4-1/3 cup pico de gallo, 1/3 avocado, and plenty of lettuce in each bowl. Add you favorite toppings and enjoy!

  • Category: Main Dish, Vegetarian
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex, American, Vegetarian

Keywords: polenta bowls, black bean polenta bowls, southwest polenta