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Broccoli – Cheese Polenta Pizza

olive oil (original recipe calls for cooking spray but I refuse to use cooking spray [like Pam] for the simple reason of the unnecessary propellants used to push the oil out of the can – here is a link if you want to check out my reasoning:
1 – 16oz log of polenta, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
fresh broccoli florets (the original recipe calls for bagged, but due to our “experiment” we are using fresh… also it doesn’t say to chop the broccoli, but leave as florets… for ease of eating we are going to chop them)
2 tbsp water
¾ cup part skim ricotta cheese
¼ fresh grated parmesan cheese (we don’t have the block of parmesan, but we had some already shredded left over from a previous recipe last week, so that is what we are using)
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1/8 tsp pepper
1 lrg plum tomato, chopped (couldn’t find a plum tomato, so we are using a roma)

1. in a bowl mix together your ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, lemon peel and pepper (the original recipe gives this as your last direction, but it also states not to turn your broiler off… but to not waste your gas or electricity have this step ready SO when you are done heating the polenta with the broccoli on top you can immediately drop this on and close the oven back up)
2. on a cookie sheet spray with olive oil (or spread olive oil over your surface) and place a single slice of polenta in the middle of your cookie sheet, then begin creating a circle around this middles slice over lapping each piece slightly (try to ensure there are no holes down to the cookie sheet basically)  top polenta with olive oil and place under a broiler for ~5 mins
3. while your polenta is cooking microwave your broccoli with your water for ~3mins (or until tender enough for your liking) *chopped broccoli might take less time
4. once polenta/broccoli are done, place the broccoli on top of the polenta (evenly the recipe says – duh?) and drop the cheese mixture over the polenta in tsp, tbsp or whatever size helpings you like
5. sprinkle with your tomato and broil another ~3-5 mins
6. serve and enjoy


** adapted from Fast Weeknight Favorites – page 258


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