Vegan Bolognese – with lentils and quinoa
A healthy, filling vegan version of the popular bolognese sauce using lentils and quinoa for a meaty texture. Even my meat-loving husband loved this pasta with vegan bolognese! We of course put cheese on top to make it not truly vegan. Minor details.
A number of months ago, I talked my meat-loving husband into being okay with one meatless meal a week. It actually wasn’t near as hard as I thought it would be and I think he told me not to go around telling anyone but I write a blog about food…so umm…sorry Ben. The secret is out.
Everyone who chooses vegetarian whether for a night or for a lifetime does it for different reasons. For us, s big reason why we chose to do this is because it is much more budget friendly to eat meals without meat. And we’re trying to save save save right now (which is super fun, by the way. Not.). Another reason is because typically meatless meals are lower in calories and fat. I don’t need to explain why that is a good thing, right? Obviously there are exceptions to that rule (helllllo mac & cheese) but generally it is true. At least those are the meatless kind of meals that I shoot for on our vegetarian evenings.
This recipe was one of those that I was a little apprehensive serving to my husband. I really truly didn’t think he would like it. I mean…it’s lentils and quinoa fronting as beef. Not really a meat-eater’s dream come true. But you guys! This is really good. And the texture of the lentils and the quinoa really do combine to create something that feels meaty in your mouth. Okay — I apologize for that sentence but there’s no other way to say it. It’s really simple to make too. Served up over some whole wheat noodles and you have dinner. (I actually used regular white pasta because I didn’t want to push my husband completely over the edge, but next time it will be on whole wheat.) And if you want this to be truly vegan, of course leave the parm off. But we’re cheese lovers in this family. Especially me. Okay, mostly me.
Yield: 8 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes A healthy, filling vegan version of the popular bolognese sauce using lentils and quinoa for a meaty texture. adapted from The Great Vegan Bean Book
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
A healthy, filling vegan version of the popular bolognese sauce using lentils and quinoa for a meaty texture.
adapted from The Great Vegan Bean Book
Verdict: Loved it!
Husband’s take: Surprisingly, he loved this too.
Changes I would make: More cheese? Kidding — none are necessary.
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