My week of vegetarian, husband unapproved meals continues. I guess I shouldn’t call these husband “unapproved” meals because he hasn’t tasted any. These are just the meals that were shot a dirty look of disapproval when I’ve suggested them for our weekly menus. Hey, we all have preferences. I should’ve squeezed polenta onto this week’s menu…he always vetoes that one. Mmm…polenta 🙂
As I was calculating the nutrition facts for this recipe, I was contemplating when I last had meat. And the answer is Saturday — in my breakfast skillet while in Chicago. I haven’t missed meat in the least. There are so many filling vegetarian proteins, such as lentils and soy. And there’s always cheese, like the goat cheese in the Balsamic Strawberry and Chickpea Couscous I raved about yesterday.
Without further adieu…Lentil Bolognese — a traditional, meat-based sauce turned vegetarian!
Lentil Bolognese from My Bizzy Kitchen
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup dried lentils (any color – mine were yellow)
1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes with juice
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large stock pot, heat oil on medium-high. Add carrot, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Add vinegar and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in the broth, 1 cup water, lentils, tomatoes, oregano, parsley and basil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes, stirring occassionally. Yield: 6 servings (6 cups).
Nutrition Information (per cup): 116 calories; 0.8 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 455 mg. sodium; 25.7 g. carbohydrate; 10.5 g. fiber; 10.2 g. protein
Result: I really enjoyed this 🙂 Not surprising – Biz is the best at whipping up delicious, healthy meals. For those that enjoy beans/lentils, this is a definite go! With all that fiber and protein, this dish is very filling! The lentils work well to replace meat in this bolognese – they are hearty and slightly crunchy! Enjoy!
Thursday! Whew! Glad you’re here. Yesterday I had big plans for a relaxing hour or two before class to catch up on blogs and return emails. Instead, I found myself retreating to my bed, praying for some headache relief before teaching. Darn you, allergies. Luckily, I got some of that relief. About time. Two days is long enough for a headache!!
Speaking of yesterday, what a feel-good day. I received the cutest note from an old patient of mine. It read:
…it made my day. At times, you wonder if you get through to anyone. Trying to stimulate change in people can be exhausting….and then someone will do something to remind you how passionately you love what you do. As much as I’d like to think I help some people…they help me more. My work teaches me compassion and empathy and love. I feel very blessed!
And then there’s you. Of course I’m probably a little biased ;), but I’m pretty certain I have the best readers ever. Your comments have been putting the biggest smile on my face and I just want to let you know how much they mean to me! Hugs!
Question: What’s your favorite meat-free meal?
Lots of love,