Keeping Promises AKA Lentil "Pasta" Sauce

So if you recall two posts ago I promised to give you the recipe for the Lentil “Pasta” sauce that I tempted you with via photograph. (Just pretend you were tempted) 
In case you forgot…

Lentil “Pasta” Sauce Recipe
Ingredients
– 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1/2 cup chopped mushroom
1/2 cup chopped onion                              
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 cup lentils
– 4 cups water                                              
– 14.5 oz can diced no-salt-added tomatoes
– 2 tbsp tomato paste
– 2 splashes dry sherry
– 1-2 cups frozen chopped spinach
– 1/2 tbsp dried basil
– 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
– 1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper
– 1 tsp dried marjoram
– fresh ground black pepper
– fresh ground sea salt
Directions
1. Heat oil in large sauce pan over medium. Add onion and mushroom and cook until tender.
tender.

2. Add minced garlic, lentils, and water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes.

3. Remove cover and add the remaining ingredients. (tomatoes, tomato paste, sherry, spinach, and spices) Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes (or longer).
This shall turn into…
This.
You can serve this delicious (my boyfriend said it was probably his favorite thing I’ve cooked) sauce over pasta, OR if you’re like me and enjoy other alternatives (or have allergies) you can serve it over spaghetti squash!
Easiest way to prepare spaghetti squash:
– Preheat oven to 375˚F.
– Pierce squash in several places and place on a baking sheet.
– Bake until softened, turning midway through. (about 30-45 minutes total I think?)
Once the squash is cooked it’s way easier to cut in half. Simply scoop the strands out and serve under your favorite sauce.
yummm
I added parmesan cheese (because it’s delicious), but if you’re dairy-free you can easily add nutritional yeast or eat it as-is.
And now I shall leave you with This (past) Week in Workouts:
Sa – 3.15 mile jog – 28 minutes 45 seconds (Clearly not real a runner.)
Su – Off
M – my Circuit Strength Training Routine (closest to this one)
T – 45 minutes on elliptical (with a good magazine 🙂 )
W – 45 minutes Cycle class
Tr – my Circuit Strength Training Routine (closest to this one)
F – 3.15 mile jog – 27 minutes 37 seconds (this is a personal record for me – under 9 min/mile!)
On a side note, I got some disappointing news. My job placement changed and I now am going to be working from 12-8 for the next 6 weeks :-/ … but I’m reasoning that at least I’ll be able to workout in the morning still.
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