While the good people of Tuscany are known as "bean-eaters" because of their culinary proclivity towards legumes, the Piemontese locals are known as polentone. Apparently, everyone in Piedmont eats polenta all the time, and have done so before the Roman empire!
From start to finish, this is the easiest plant-based meal -- 15 minutes, max, including prep and cooking time. With very few ingredients, it's easy for anyone to prepare and is made in only one pot. And it's deliciously satisfying.
As the days shorten, this polenta dish seems like the perfect meeting of my meals to come and those pleasures I will have to leave behind. I am finally beginning to crave rich risottos and dark, meaty stews.