WW Weigh In and “Lent”il Bolognese

Thanks for all your well wishes about my work situation – nothing to report yet, other than the saga continues – but so far I have survived to file another day. πŸ˜€

I am still so proud of myself for not letting the stress get the best of me and staying on track with my food and working out – you know what – the exercise really isΒ a great stress reliever!Β  I ran a 5k yesterday at lunch and I felt great when I was done. πŸ˜€

Drum roll please . . .

I got my second 5 pound sticker – I am such a sticker whore! πŸ˜€

I love cooking for my co-workers, but during lent I have to make meatless meals.Β  In the April/May issue of Clean Eating magazine, they had a recipe for a Pasta Lentil Bolognese.Β Β  I had planned on making it before work Friday morning – but realized I might not have given myself enough time to cook the lentils, so I cooked the lentils in my rice cooker and they were done in 45 minutes. πŸ˜€Β  But I am writing the recipe as it is (leaving out the onions and fennel – still not a fan of fennel)

Lentil Bolognese

  • makes 5 one cup servings – 5 PointsPlus

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried lentils (any color – mine were yellow)
  • 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes with juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, heat oil on medium-high.Β  Add carrot, celery and garlic.Β  Cook, stirring often, about 15 minutes.Β  Add vinegar and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot.Β  Stir in the broth, 1 cup water, lentils, tomatoes, oregano, parsley and basil.Β  Reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes, stirring occassionally.Β 

I served it on a bed of baby spinach, 1 cup gluten free pasta (what I had on hand – it was good!) and 1 cup of lentil bolognese.Β  It was delicious and filling.Β  I did add crushed red pepper to my bowl – so feel free to make it spicy. πŸ˜€

And while I normally puree my tomato sauces, I liked the crushed tomatoes and chunks of carrot and celery. πŸ˜€

Hope you enjoy your weekend.Β  I am going to be doing my meal plan from my pantry/freezer this week – should be interesting! πŸ˜€

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33 thoughts on “WW Weigh In and “Lent”il Bolognese

  1. Glad to hear things on the work front are good…although stressful! Great meat free meal. I love chunks of tomatoes and other veggies in my sauces. Deliciousness. Enjoy your weekend

  2. This looks really yummy. I haven’t ever eaten lentils. I bought some to try but haven’t cooked them yet. This would be a good way to give them a try. I know they are really healthy. Thanks for sharing your recipe! You are doing great on your exercise. You inspire me. I hope things get more peaceful and stable at your work. Take care and have a great weekend! Candace

  3. Hey, there are worse kind of whores! Good for you!

  4. Congrats on the loss – you are doing amazing with this considering the extremely trying circumstances!

  5. 11.2! Way to go Biz!!!!! πŸ™‚ I am a sticker whore too! πŸ˜‰

  6. Two stickers! Woo Hoo! But where do you stick those stickers? πŸ™‚

  7. Wow, great job on losing another 1.4 and getting another 5 lb sticker! I’m not in WW, but I think the stickers are pretty cool. That’s a real accomplishment considering things at work are stressful. I have harder time staying on track when things are stressful, because I tell myself that I “deserve” treats.

  8. Good for you for sticking with your diet despite the stress!

    With delicious looking dishes like that lentil bolognese, who needs McDonalds for comfort??

  9. Congrats on your loss! Great job, Biz!!

    I love lentils. This looks so good!

  10. what a great idea! i have a bunch of lentils i wanna use up.

  11. Congrats, Biz! Yay, I love stickers too! I just joined WW on Wednesday and am very close to your weight so the race is on! I’ve got about a 2 pound head start. What did you think of lentils in your sauce? I usually don’t like them but I might try it with red lentils, which seem to be much milder in flavor.

  12. Congrats on the great Weigh-in

  13. congrats on your loss, Biz! You are doing AMAZING!!!

    I love lentils, so I have to try this!

  14. Congrats, Biz!!!! You have motivated me to finish this week strong…and to journal!

  15. Hang in there with work Biz! You’re doing great! I love lentils too and this recipe sounds awesome! Thanks for all the great food! πŸ™‚

  16. Okay Beth, you have to explain….how do you cook for your co-workers everyday? Do they help out with money for the meals? Or do they take turns and cook sometimes too? Just interested in how you do it!

  17. I don’t cook with lentils nearly often enough – this looks delish! Great weight loss Biz πŸ™‚

  18. woo hoo! girlfriend, way to go! i’m all about the stickers πŸ™‚

  19. YES!!!! Congrats on hitting that 10 lb mark!!

  20. 11.2! Way to go! That’s fabulous, lady!

  21. Congrats on the great weigh-in! And the “Lent”-il Bolognese looks so yummy (very clever naming, too)!

  22. Congrats on the weight loss Biz!

  23. Keep up the great work….I was never fond or lentils when i was a kid but your version I think would be ok.

  24. yay you are doing so well! congrats….you are an inspiration πŸ™‚

  25. Wow, you are rocking weight watchers!! And, even more impressive to me, all your meals look so good and very non-diet…no 100 calorie packs for you πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great weekend!

  26. Nice work on the weigh-in, Biz!!!!!!! Keep up the hard work!

  27. Woohoo!! Congrats on the loss! I am all about the stickers too! Keep up the great work, you are doing awesome!

    Danica

  28. Congrats on the awesome WI! I can’t wait to try the Lentil Bolognese!

  29. You are doing amazing! Turn around….here is a pat on the back!
    I love lentils and need to make this asap. Lentils are so good for you! They are a complete protein and they have your essential amino acids. They have been around for thousands of years!

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