Red Lentil Surprise

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 40 minutes


I am always looking for quick and easy meals, and also ways to improve recipes that I have been preparing for a long time. This is one of our favorite fast meals. I like it because it is easy to prepare and I don' have to attend it constantly while it is cooking. John likes it because it is very filling and it tastes great!


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 32 ounce box vegetable broth
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 7 ounce package package baked tofu, sliced


Place the water in a large saucepan. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, until vegetables soften slightly. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over whole grain toast or rolls.

Hints: This may also be made without the tofu and it is still delicious. We like this with some fresh chopped spinach added at the end of the cooking time, either with or without the tofu. This is also delicious served over rice or potatoes. It reheats well so it is great asa leftover!