By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

To best prepare this recipe, cut all of the vegetables a day ahead of time and put into a covered container and refrigerate. You may roast the eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and red pepper earlier in the day. Cover and refrigerate the vegetables until needed.

Number of servings

Serves 6


    1 small eggplant, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    1 small yellow zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    1 small green zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    6 medium mushrooms, sliced
    1 sweet red pepper, seeded, cored and cut into chunks
    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
    6 cups water
    1 1/2 cups coarse polenta (corn grits)
    2 teaspoons trans-free margarine
    1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
    10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
    2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, sliced
    6 dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in water to rehydrate, drained and chopped
    10 ripe olives, chopped
    2 teaspoons oregano


Heat the broiler (grill). Position the rack 4 inches from the heat source.

Brush the eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and red pepper with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange in single layer on a baking sheet and broil under low heat. Turn as needed and brush occasionally with 1 tablespoon olive oil. When tender and slightly browned, remove from the broiler (grill). Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for later use.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a decorative, ovenproof 12-inch flan or quiche dish with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and slowly whisk in polenta. Continue to stir and cook for about 5 minutes. When polenta comes away from side of pan, stir in margarine and season with 1/8 teaspoon of the black pepper. Remove from heat.

Spread polenta into the base and sides of the baking dish. Brush with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and keep warm.

Drain spinach and press between paper towels. Top polenta with spinach. Arrange a layer of sliced tomatoes, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Top with remaining roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with oregano and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes. When warmed through, remove from the oven. Cut into 6 wedges and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :1 wedge

  • Total fat 7 g
  • Calories 245
  • Protein 6 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 39 g
  • Dietary fiber 7 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 4 g
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Sodium 90 mg
Aug. 01, 2008