Updated: Jun 3
Nourishing, easy to prep in the Instant Pot and versatile when you have all the staples on hand. My spin. I repurposed leftover sugo (bolognese homemade sauce) & used a lentil medley (black, red, brown & golden) but you can use any color lentil. Lentils are in high in iron, folate & fiber (both soluble & insoluble) which means happy gut and happy moving waste through. You also get a good dose of plant-based protein. Loaded with additional veggies I had on hand so the meal can accommodate a variety of additional vegetables if you are trying to clean up the fridge. Be Creative! Prep, set. and forget with the magic pot.
In the Mix:
3 tbsp EVOO, coconut or avocado oil
3 garlic cloves
1 shallot or whatever onion you have on hand
3 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
Small zucchini diced (or 1/2 large one)
3 cups spinach or kale (if you don’t have no worries, you already have a fair amount of phytonutrients)
2 tsp of Italian Seasoning (dry) or fresh (1/2 cup loosely packed)
1/2 tsp salt
fresh black pepper (finish)
1 heaping cup lentils
1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
4 cups low-sodium chicken or veggie broth. Preferably homemade
1 3/4 cups homemade sauce if you have on hand (there’s usually a batch in our fridge for the week ahead) or one 15 ounce can peeled tomatoes, diced
• Press sautée setting & heat oil, then shallots (or onions), cook for 2 minutes add garlic, cook until it starts to brown. Add carrots, celery, zucchini sautée until tender (about 3-4 mins), add seasonings, sautée another minute
• Add lentils, broth, balsamic vinegar and tomatoes. Combine. Cancel sautée setting. • Secure lid, seal pressure valve. Select manual pressure cook function & set time for 5 minutes at high pressure. This doesn’t include the time it takes to build pressure which is about 15 minutes. Then the cook time begins.
• When cooking time ends, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Then vent, release any pressure left In the pot
• Open pot, stir in spinach if you are using. Let sit for a few minutes to soften.
Tip: Add chicken sausage for added protein if you are not using Bolognese sauce.