I often find parents come to me with many challenges in regards to feeding their children. One of the biggest is vegetables! For some reason their children won’t eat them. I offer many suggestions to make vegetables more appealing – involving your children in food preparation, serving just a taste of a vegetable they don’t like, serving new vegetables alongside favourite foods. And while these are all great suggestions, sometimes it is necessary to get some vegetables into our children a little faster than these suggestions might work.
I will admit up front, I am not a big fan of hiding vegetables, but sometimes you need to do that while you are in transition. This is a great sauce to serve over pasta that your children will gobble up.
I do suggest serving some other whole vegetables on the side, but you can feel good if they only eat the sauce, knowing just how many vegetables they did eat.
Tomato Sauce Plus
1 cup red lentils, rinsed, picked over and cooked in 3 cups of water for 15 minutes (bring to a boil and then simmer), drain and set aside
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small or ½ large cauliflower, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
1 small can diced tomatoes
1 jar of tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
Pasta of your choice
Heat olive oil in pan; add garlic and onion and sauté until soft. Add zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, red pepper, and stir for a few minutes. Add basil and oregano, mix well. Add tomatoes and sauce bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add tomato paste to thicken sauce if necessary.
Remove from heat, add red lentils and mix well. Using a hand blender, blend sauce to a smooth consistency.
Serve over pasta of your choice.