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Quinoa And Corn Grits Polenta With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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  Sunflower seeds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 2⁄3 Tablespoon (2 Tablespoons Plus 2 Teaspoons)
  Quinoa 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), rinsed
  Corn grits 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fresh thyme sprig 3
  Red pepper sauce 1 Teaspoon
  Garlic heads 2
  Extra virgin olive oil 4 2⁄3 Tablespoon (2 Teaspoons Plus 1/4 Cup)
  Roasted red peppers 13 Ounce (1 Jar Or 2 Cups)
  Red wine vinegar 2 Teaspoon
  Salt 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground red pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon

To make the polenta:
1. Toast the sunflower seeds in a medium skillet, shaking the pan frequently, for about 3 minutes or until golden.
2. Put 3 cups of water into a medium saucepan, add the salt and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa and corn grits, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to simmer. Add the thyme sprigs and cook, covered, stirring from time to time, until the quinoa and grits are cooked, about 15 minutes. Stir well, and remove the thyme branches.
3. Stir the sunflower seeds into the quinoa-and-grits mixture and spread into a lightly oiled 11 X 9-inch baking dish. Let cool for 20 minutes or until firm.
4. Cut the polenta into quarters and then each quarter section into 4 triangles.
5. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the polenta triangles and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 2 minutes per side.
6. Place 4 triangles on each plate.
To make the red-pepper sauce:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Peel away excess paper from the garlic and cut the top 1/5 off the heads. Place the garlic in an ovenproof dish. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the oil, and sprinkle a pinch of salt over each head. Cover with foil and cook for about 40 minutes, until softened. Let cool and squeeze the garlic into a blender.
2. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of oil and the peppers, vinegar, salt, pepper, and ground red pepper to the garlic. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a small pot or microwaveable dish, and heat until warm. Spoon over the Quinoa and Corn Grits Polenta.

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