Zoodles with Lentil Bolognese SauceΒ 

When you are craving noodles, there is a healthier alternative. Zucchini noodles, otherwise known as “Zoodles”, are a nice carb free opinion. So bust out your spiralizer and make some Zoodles!! Once made, just sautΓ© them in oil. I like to add garlic in the oil prior to adding the squash.

Today I made a lentil and turkey Bolognese sauce to top my Zoodles with! Compared to the traditional recipe, my version is a little healthier and leaner.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups Lentils
  2. 1 pound Ground Turkey
  3. 1/2 medium Onion, diced
  4. 2 cloves Garlic
  5. 1 T EVOO
  6. 1 stalk Celery
  7. 2 Carrots
  8. 1 can of diced Tomatoes
  9. 1 4oz can of Tomato Paste
  10. 1 T Italian Seasoning
  11. Salt and pepper

First prepare lentils as directed and set aside. Brown turkey in skillet with oil, garlic, onions, carrots, and celery. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir in tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and lentils. Heat throughout. Topped onto your Zoodles. sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy.

 

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