Our Lentil Bolognese is a fiber-filled pasta dish that’s hearty, flavorful, comforting and filling. No meat? Yep…the ingredients that make up this bowl of goodness are: salt and pepper, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, fresh spinach, green lentils, vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, and wait for it…quinoa pasta!
While many people describe quinoa as a grain, it’s actually in the seed or pseudo cereal family and it’s gluten free. Quinoa is a complete protein with 12g in half a cup and is also packed with magnesium. which is essential to heart health, good digestion and bone integrity.
And what about the health benefits of lentils? They’re a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. Studies show that lentils are one of the best sources of soluble fiber, which makes them very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Researchers have found that diets high in lentils prevent hypertension and tend to produce more favorable cholesterol levels than diets lower in lentils.