Crispy Polenta Cakes

by Nicole on March 29, 2011

What do you make for dinner after a race? That’s what I had to figure out Sunday night and fast. I’m always pretty ravenous after races, but a quick, filling lunch usually does the trick. After the race on Sunday we went to our favorite post run spot, Le Pain Quotidien on 2nd and 50th. We filled up on water, coffee, a meditteranean appetizer and our own sandwiches.

After driving to make our family and food shopping stops when we got home we were famished again. I had to think of a filling dinner and fast. Luckily at Trader Joe’s I picked up some polenta. I got the precooked kind that comes in a cylinder type package. I usually shy away from it, but it looked quick and easy and I was hungry…so pre cooked polenta it was.

I decided I’d go with polenta cakes. Really, I don’t have a better name for them..but if you do let me know. These were super fast and easy to make…and delicious to boot. I love the way they are super crispy on the outside but soft and almost creamy on the inside.

These are great with a salad or with other beans or vegetables.

Yesterday I cured myself with some sun salutations in the morning and an hour of yoga at night. Yoga = priceless to the runner’s legs. Can’t say enough about it.

Great dinner + yoga = happy me

What is your favorite post exercise meal?

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

Those look good! I see Giada makes polenta fries on Everyday Italian. I need to make it more often, it’s so tasty.

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

Those look so good–I love it!

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kristina @ Life as Kristina March 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

i’ve been thinking about trying to cook polenta lately! May have to steal this one:)

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MelissaNibbles March 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

I’m glad your legs are feeling better.
I’ve never cooked polenta before. It intimidates me for some reason.

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Rach March 29, 2011 at 9:40 am

Oooh… I’ve never heard of polenta cakes. These look tasty!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

I love polenta, any which way! I always have a lot left over when I make it, so I’ll have to keep this in mind!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

I normally do oats after a workout, but that’s because I work out in the morning. The polenta cakes look delicious! I love toasted polenta.

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Brittany March 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I keep seeing polenta fries on restaurant menus and have been tempted to order them. I bet these polenta cakes are delish!

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