Red Lentils with Leftover Tomato Sauce


**The word marinara has been changed to tomato sauce. This is why.

Has no one used leftover homemade tomato sauce with lentils? Seriously? Most lentil dishes are made with tomatoes… someone had to have thought of this already. After extensive research (ok maybe extensive is pushing it) but a few good searches using different word choices I still didn’t find anything all that helpful. Silly, silly internet… lucky for all you curious people wanting to use marinara tomato sauce with your red lentils, I’ve provided a quick recipe below. Technically, I could be the only one that wants to eat this kind of creation, actually that’s most likely the case. Oh well, if you read this you now know another way to use leftover marinara tomato sauce instead of just having pasta everyday for an entire week. BLAH.


A majority of the recipes I looked at included curry, spices, ginger etc. the typical accompaniment to lentils. I decided against adding these because the sauce my roomie made was FREAKING DELICIOUS and there was no way I would add a whole bunch of other spices. That would most likely completely screw up everything I was aiming for. At least, I’m pretty sure.


{Hopefully this turns out, i’m actually writing this post as the lentils cook}

1/2 tbs coconut oil
1 garlic clove minced or diced or bothlentilingredients 2 carrots diced
1/2 cup lentils
1 cup water
1/2 cup to 1 cup leftover tomato sauce
**this depends how tomatoey you want to make this dish. I put closer to 1 cup**
1 cup kale julienned

Heat 1/2 tbs of coconut oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add carrots, lentils and water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat, cover the pot and let it all simmer for 20 minutes. Add the leftover tomato sauce and kale and continue simmering for 10 more minutes.

Hey… this actually turned out awesome. I’m shoveling spoonfuls into my mouth as I type this.
It may look like mush, but it is delicious mush with a hint of heat.

So folks, it can be done. Red lentils with leftover tomato sauce. Byah!


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