Kathy Hester is one of my very favorite cookbook authors. She’s saved my vegan bacon on many rushed days with her book: The Vegan Slow Cooker. Every. Single. Recipe. I’ve tried out of that book has turned out fabulously, so you can imagine I jumped at the chance when she asked me to review her newest cookbook: The Great Vegan Bean Book. I’ll be sharing (with her permission) the recipe for the Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce later in this post, but first feast your eyes on some of the other creations I made from her book.
Lets just say that the dip disappeared before the bag of pita chips was gone. I thought for sure I was going to need to doctor this recipe with some vegan sour cream to fatten it up. Nope. It’s perfectly skinny and delicious just the way it is.
A certain someone in my house likes to occasionally nosh on the Boca Vegan Chik’n patties. Not ever buying those again after making these. I’ve been looking for a “chick’n” patty replacement I could make at home for some time now. I once made another way inferior chickpea patty recipe from a certain plant based author. Those sucked. These ruled.
Then I combined the above two recipes and made a Crispy Grilled Sandwich Delight on Marbled Rye Bread with the Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip White Bean Dip, the Baked Crispy Chickpea Seitan Patty and Kimchi. SO good I could have cried.
Now back to the Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce. Did I mention your kids will eat it, and ask for seconds? Here’s the conversation surrounding that dinner:
Silence while everyone is nomming on the sauce over noodles…
Somer: Did you guys know I put a whole head of kale in this?
Kid #1: I can’t even taste the kale
Husband: My head turned into kale today
Kid #1: All I can taste is vegetable deliciousness
Kid #2 who doesn’t like vegetables: Silence whilst gobbling down all his dinner.
Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce
This hearty, protein-rich sauce serves a crowd, or it can be a staple you make every month or so, freezing any leftovers so they will be there for you during those crazy weeks (we ate it all weekend, hence photos of all the ways we used this delicious and nutritious pasta sauce)
- 1 cup (192 g) lentils (green, brown, or beluga)
- 3 medium carrots (peeled if not organic), each cut into 4 large pieces
- 1-2 cups (235 to 475 ml) water
- 2 tablespoons (28 ml) olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 can (20 ounces, or 560 g) crushed tomatoes, or 3 cups (750 g) homemade puree plus 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 1/2 t. dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon (2 g) dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or crushed dried chilies (optional)
- 1 small bunch kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces (about 3 cups [201 g]) (optional)
- 1/2 cup (87 g) quinoa, rinsed well
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) red wine or 2 tablespoons (28 ml) balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cooked pasta, for serving, use GF pasta for a GF meal
Add the lentils, carrots, and water to a large soup pot. Turn the heat to high, cook until the mixture is simmering, and then decrease to low and cover. Cook until the lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
While the lentils cook, heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add the bell pepper and garlic and saute for 1 minute more.
Once the carrots and lentils are cooked remove the carrots from the pot of lentils and add them to a food processor or blender along with the tomatoes, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, kale, and sauteed veggies, and puree until smooth.
At the same time, add the quinoa and red wine to the pot of lentils. Turn the heat to medium, cook until it starts to simmer again, and then cover and decrease the heat to low. Cook until the quinoa start to show their white tails.
Add the puree to the lentil-quinoa mixture and cook, covered, over low heat until the sauce melds and heats thoroughly, about 20 minutes.
Kathy’s going to have to forgive me, since her book is so popular, her publisher didn’t have review copies available, so I got the book in a PDF format until a hard copy is available to send out. The PDF copy is stamped with the publisher’s logo on each page and was difficult for me to read cover to cover (the way I always read cookbooks). So, I invented a Grilled Eggplant Lasagna, using the leftovers of Kathy’s amazing Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce, then later read through the PDF to find that Kathy has her own Eggplant Lasagna recipe in the book. Well, the more the merrier I say! I’ll be sharing my version with you later in the week.
Visit Kathy Hester at her site Healthy Slow Cooking here
Visit “The Great Vegan Bean Book” Blog Tour page here
Visit the photographer’s site for the book, Renee Comet, here
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