Red Lentil Pasta with Lentil “Meat” Sauce

Happy Labor Day!

I’m so excited to be launching The Cheater Chef.  I might be a little excessive and a lot a bit crazy writing another blog, but I feel like my journey writing The Fit Frequent Flyer over the last year has brought me here.   If I get asked one thing more than anything else it is, “what do I eat?”

I cook at home several nights a week, but by no means am I a chef.  I’m either following a recipe or cheating my way to a healthy meal.  Healthy eating doesn’t have to be perfect, and cooking at home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

For example, this first Cheater Chef dinner has 3 ingredients!  All three ingredients purchased at Trader Joe’s.  This meal is so quick and easy it will take me longer write this post than feed a family of 4 for dinner.  It can be pair it with a big green garden salad or stand alone as is.  So Good!!

Ingredients:

  • Sedanini Red Lentil Pasta
  • Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils
  • Tomato Basil Marinara

Ingredients

Step 1:

Boil water and place packaged steamed lentils in boiling water for 5 minutes (per instructions).

Remove lentils from package and place into frying pan on medium heat.  Break up lentils as shown.

Trader_Joes_Steamed_Lentils

Step 2:

Stir Tomato Basil Marinara with lentils and simmer on low heat.

Tomato Basil MarinaraTrader_Joes_Steamed_Lentils_add_sauce

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Step 3:

Boil water and cook red lentil pasta per package instructions.

Sedanint Red Lentil Pasta

Step 4:

Drain pasta.  Combine pasta and lentil sauce.  Serve hot.

Red Lentil Pasta Finish Product

We opened a bottle of Morgon Cote du py 2015.  The rich and earthy red wine was a great pairing for this pasta with “meat” sauce super.

If you are local to Portland, you can purchase the bottle at ButterCraft in Sellwood. That’s were I got it and one of our favorite wine shops locally.

Final product with wine

Ingredients:

  • Sedanent Red Lentil Pasta
  • Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils
  • Tomato Basil Marinara

Directions:

Step 1:

Boil water and place packaged steamed lentils in boiling water for 5 minutes (per instructions).

Remove lentils from package and place into frying pan on medium heat.  Break up lentils as shown.

Step 2:

Stir in Tomato Basil Marinara with lentils and simmer on low heat.

Step 3:

Boil water and cook red lentil pasta per package instructions.

Step 4:

Drain pasta.  Combine pasta and lentil sauce.  Serve hot.

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