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Lentil Bolognese Sauce

By Fredrica Syren

A friend and I talked about busy days and how hard it can be to cook something tasty, nutritious and fast at the end of the day when the kids are super hungry and cranky. This is one of my fast recipes that I use often. It’s quite popular with the kids. I serve it tossed with whole wheat pasta for a complete meal.

  • 2/3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed well
  • 1 vegan bouillon cube
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes with Italian herbs
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbs. oregano
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • salt to taste
  • Cheese to sprinkle over dish before serving

Place lentils, carrots, water, onion and garlic in a pot, and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are done (about 10 minutes). Add remaining ingredients except the cheese and blend well. Simmer for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over pasta of your choice. Sprinkle with grated cheese before serving.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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