Thanks for all your well wishes about my work situation – nothing to report yet, other than the saga continues – but so far I have survived to file another day. πŸ˜€

I am still so proud of myself for not letting the stress get the best of me and staying on track with my food and working out – you know what – the exercise really isΒ a great stress reliever!Β  I ran a 5k yesterday at lunch and I felt great when I was done. πŸ˜€

Drum roll please . . .

I got my second 5 pound sticker – I am such a sticker whore! πŸ˜€

I love cooking for my co-workers, but during lent I have to make meatless meals.Β  In the April/May issue of Clean Eating magazine, they had a recipe for a Pasta Lentil Bolognese.Β Β  I had planned on making it before work Friday morning – but realized I might not have given myself enough time to cook the lentils, so I cooked the lentils in my rice cooker and they were done in 45 minutes. πŸ˜€Β  But I am writing the recipe as it is (leaving out the onions and fennel – still not a fan of fennel)

Lentil Bolognese

  • makes 5 one cup servings – 5 PointsPlus


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried lentils (any color – mine were yellow)
  • 1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes with juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, heat oil on medium-high.Β  Add carrot, celery and garlic.Β  Cook, stirring often, about 15 minutes.Β  Add vinegar and scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot.Β  Stir in the broth, 1 cup water, lentils, tomatoes, oregano, parsley and basil.Β  Reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes, stirring occassionally.Β 

I served it on a bed of baby spinach, 1 cup gluten free pasta (what I had on hand – it was good!) and 1 cup of lentil bolognese.Β  It was delicious and filling.Β  I did add crushed red pepper to my bowl – so feel free to make it spicy. πŸ˜€

And while I normally puree my tomato sauces, I liked the crushed tomatoes and chunks of carrot and celery. πŸ˜€

Hope you enjoy your weekend.Β  I am going to be doing my meal plan from my pantry/freezer this week – should be interesting! πŸ˜€