Sage Polenta & Wild Mushrooms

Sage Polenta with Wild Mushrooms is a delicious and easy weeknight meal. Make it in bulk and reheat during the week for a filling vegan meal.

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Certain things happen in the course of a month, a week or even a day that slams you right back down into reality…and fast. Things can be going so well - you’re walkin’ around town feeling good about life and then bam! Just like that, your day shifts from being a pretty good one; to a shitty one. Now, I am fully aware that my little event yesterday morning is most definitely not tragic by any means, but just one that really pissed me off.

I woke up, finally out from under a bad cold, made it in time for a workout class (with parking right outside the doors), swiftly drove home, took a quick shower, skipped my morning coffee knowing I’d be visiting St. Frank’s Cafe in a short while, tiptoed over to my laptop in the living room, plugged in the camera cord and knocked over an entire glass of water, flooding my keyboard and sending my laptop into an overheating frenzy - making loud vibrating noises, ones that I hadn’t heard since my 2007 laptop was on its last leg. And there it goes. One second I was having what seemed to be the route of a great day; and now, with the clumsy hands of a morning without coffee, I killed my new laptop. I blame it on the coffee.

And wait for it, because there goes your sanity – all the ‘what ifs’ start flooding your mind, as it did my keyboard: ‘What if I had coffee this morning, it would have never happened…If I took a longer shower this would never have happened…and If…’. So I did what any other technologically non-savvy person does – texted a friend to tell me what the hell to do with my unconscious laptop. Rice method it was. So now my laptop is taking a really long rice bath, while I have my fingers crossed that come Sunday, it will be the start of a great day, with my laptop turning on without a hitch and not the complete opposite, with a trip to the Genius Bar and a wallet feeling a lot less full. Lets hope for the former.

And as for this recipe, it is a really, truly, deeply, easy one. And that’s kind of the way I’ve been liking things lately. With just a few fresh sage leaves, mushrooms and polenta, you have yourself a delicious and filling meal. A cozy one, fitted for the cooler mornings and nights as fall makes its way to our doorstep. I hope you guys enjoy this and let me know if you have any sage recipe recommendations – I have an abundance waiting patiently in my garden to be used.

xx Marie

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Serves: 6-8

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes (or as long your polenta mix says to cook for)

Ingredients for the Sage Polenta with Wild Mushrooms:

- 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves

- 2 cups wild mushrooms (thinly sliced)

- 1 cup polenta

- 1 & 1/2 cup water

- 1 & 1/2 cup almond milk

- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional but adds a cheesy taste)

- 3 garlic cloves (roughly chopped)

- 2 tablespoons olive oil

- 3-4 tablespoons water (for the mushrooms)

- 1 fresh lemon (optional)

- sea salt


To make the polenta, follow the recipe on your bag but use the water and almond milk as your liquid to the 1 cup polenta. Once the polenta is nearly done cooking, stir in the roughly chopped sage leaves (about 6 fresh leaves), and nutritional yeast. Add a few teaspoons of sea salt until it’s seasoned just as you like it.

As the polenta cooks make the sautéed mushrooms. In a medium skillet, warm the olive oil and garlic. Then stir in the chopped mushrooms and water. I like to add water so that the mushrooms never dry out or stick to the pan. Sautee for another 5-10 minutes and stir in the chopped sage leaves (about 3-4 leaves). Add a small squeeze of lemon. Make a plate of your polenta and add the mushrooms on top. Enjoy!

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Your Thoughts?

Have you tried added sage or fresh herbs to polenta before? I never have and loved the aromatics of the dish - very comforting and brings a nice dimension to the otherwise hearty polenta. Also, I have a ton of sage in my garden and would love any advice on how to use it. Feel free to leave me a comment below with any suggestions!

I also love seeing your take on any of the recipes from the blog so don't forget to tag me on Instagram - #8thandlake - so I can see your creations! 

You can also find me on Snapchat with more photos and clips of my everyday life - username - marie8thandlake and on Pinterest - to see what my dream reality would look like ;)

Lots of love from the west coast,

xx Marie