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Meatless Monday with Vegan Tomato and Lentils Over Pasta

Welcome to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

Pasta dishes get a bad rap sometimes for being heavy and fattening but that doesn’t have to be the case especially when made vegan. Even though they are meat-free, they can still be hearty and satisfying but also healthy and delicious. Today, we’re sharing with you a recipe for Vegan Tomato and Lentils Over Pasta, a full-flavoured, easy to make meal that will fuel your body in the best possible ways. This great recipe (and idea) comes from Shira McDermott from the blog In Pursuit of More via One Green Planet, an amazing resource for all things good for the planet like being vegan.

Vegan Tomato and Lentils Over Pasta Ingredients

  • 1 cup laird lentils or French lentils

    vegan Tomato and Lentils Over Pasta

    Vegan Tomato and Lentils Over Pasta

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard (coarse-seeded mustard)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 heaping cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or basil leaves
  • Pasta, of your choice

Preparation

  1. To cook the lentils by steam method (recommended for French lentils especially), soak them for 4-6 hours in cold water. When ready to cook, drain, and rinse. Transfer to a vegetable steamer basket and steam for 30 minutes, until soft, but still firm.
  2. If you are using large Laird lentils, simply add the dry lentils (no soaking is required) to a large pot of water and bring to a boil like pasta. Boil for 35 minutes, until tender but still firm. Once cooked, drain and rinse.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta while the lentils cook. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions—timing the pasta to be ready for when the lentil salad is.
  4. While the lentils and pasta cook, prepare the onion and remaining ingredients (except the herbs) and combine them all in a large mixing bowl.
  5. When the lentils are cooked, toss them still warm into the mustard and onion mixture. Toss to combine and add the fresh herbs.
  6. Serve the lentil salad warm with hot pasta and a drizzle of olive oil, and more finishing salt, if desired.
  • Chef recommends topping with chopped, fresh herbs and a sprinkle of almond parmesan.

Make this meal gluten-free by choosing a rice, corn, quinoa or bean-based pasta. Serve with a big green raw salad tossed with your favourite light vinaigrette.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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