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Broccoli with Red Lentil Sauce

Broccoli with Red Lentil Sauce

Serves: 4

Category: Main Dishes - Vegan

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1/2 cup red lentils
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small clove garlic, chopped
1 1/2-2 cups carrot juice
1 pound broccoli florets
1 tablespoon Dr. Fuhrman’s VegiZest or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste
1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash seasoning
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chopped pecans


Add lentils, onions, garlic, and carrot juice to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the lentils are soft and pale. Add more carrot juice if needed.

Meanwhile, steam the broccoli until just tender.

Place cooked lentil mixture in a food processor or blender along with the VegiZest, seasoning and balsamic vinegar and blend to a smooth puree. Add some carrot juice if it is too thick.

Place broccoli in a bowl and combine with sauce. Top with chopped pecans.

NOTE: This dish freezes well.

Calories 229; Protein 12 g; Carbohydrates 36 g; Total Fat 6.1 g; Saturated Fat 0.6 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 115 mg; Fiber 5.1 g; Beta-Carotene 10990 ug; Vitamin C 120 mg; Calcium 117 mg; Iron 4 mg; Folate 149 ug; Magnesium 78 mg; Zinc 2 mg; Selenium 6.7 ug

Comments (7):



02/22/2008 02:30 PM

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This is my favorite dish! Non-vegan friends love it, too. The flavors in the sauce are so well-balanced -- savory, spicy, and rich. And it's also quite HEARTY. I like to make it on cold nights. Highly recommended!!!


01/28/2010 11:21 PM

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Me and my husband really didn't care for this, so I won't make it a second time. I thought the sauce tasted good before I blended it up and put it over broccoli, so maybe the Mrs. Dash, or the vinegar ruined it? I'm not sure, but I thought it had a funny taste.


05/21/2010 03:11 AM

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Not my favourite. I think the vinegar may be the reason I didn't like it very much. I love vinegar but it seems to clash with the carrot juice (not a big fan of carrot juice). The sauce tasted sweet with a slight sourness (the vinegar). I'd rather eat the broccoli undressed.


06/05/2011 02:16 AM

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I enjoyed the combo of the steamed broccoli with the creamy sauce, but I actually found the sauce almost a bit bland. Still enjoyed it though, but almost thought it could use a bit more vinegar!


09/28/2011 12:31 PM

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One of the first recipes we made and it's delish!


12/05/2011 10:29 PM

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I ADORE this sauce!!! :-) it is sooo divine. i make it thicker and use it as a dip for veggies :-)
it goes really well with broccoli as the recipe says but i also often have it over cauliflower too, or a plate of steamed veggies. the sauce just seems to go well with everything!


03/04/2013 10:15 PM

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I liked this sauce a lot and poured it over steamed cauliflower and water-sautéed onions. I didn't taste vinegar at all.