Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lentil Sauce for Pasta and Smoothies

Hopefully no one will mind that I have copied this picture (thanks Heliamphora at but my camera batteries died right as I tried to get a photo last night. I made Lentil Sauce for Pasta which was so simple that I am sure I will make it again. It required all ingredients that I had floating around the kitchen (except the lentils which I had to run to the supermarket to pick up). I sauteed the onions and added 2 cloves of minced garlic before adding the other ingredients. I also added about 1 TB of red chili flakes. The recipe took about 30-40 minutes but I just covered it and forgot about it after the initial sauteeing. This is not fancy food but makes an easy week night dinner and is a good protein source. We served it over Trader Joe's whole wheat rotelle pasta.

I have also been making a lot of smoothies since I need more nutrients lately and can only eat so much in a day. I have tried green smoothies in the past and have liked them so I thought I would try again. This is a great way to add more greens to your diet since you barely taste them.

My Smoothie

(rough measurements)
1 cup vanilla soy yogurt
1 cup light vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup honey dew melon
1 chopped apple (with skin)
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
small handful of raspberries
small handful of strawberries
1/2 an avocado
3 large leaves of chard
1 TB tahini
2 tsp flax oil (for omega 3s)

It added the green things after giving D a portion since she cannot handle any green floaties. It made over three servings so I kept it in the fridge and had some for breakfast the next morning. I think I could add more greens next time and maybe even some soy protein powder!!! Yummy!
FYI, it did turn a little brownish the next day because of the avocado but it still tasted great. Enjoy.


  1. I have been making smoothies and was planning on posting about it. I have never considered putting greens into it... not sure what I think of that! Lentil sauce for pasta, thought - that sounds great!!

  2. Try it Anu! You cannot even taste it and you can add lots of vitamins. Just adds some green flecks to you smoothie.