I confess, that might not sound like the most appealing recipe: Lentils, beetroot, parsnip and tofu – all mixed? I was very sceptical and asked my friends like a thousand times if they really want me to cook this, or if I should go for something „safe“. I couldn’t really believe that beetroots fit into this dish but if you don’t try you’ll never know and there is always the „we’ll order pizza“-option if something doesn’t turn out the way you expected it;)
Sure, I would not post this recipe if I wasn’t convinced by now and my lovely friends seemed to be pretty happy, too. More or less everything was gone by the end of the dinner 😀 Again a prove that sometimes it’s worth to try something new (not only when it comes to some strange sounding recipes I guess 😉 ). For me that’s the perfect dish to have for dinner if you are a bit into „clean eating“ (or want to compensate for all the christmas cookis :D) but don’t want to divest yourself on flavor and deliciousness.
Recipe (for 4)
- 400 g red lentils
- 1 beetroot
- 4 large parsnips
- 500 g plain tofu
- 100 ml tomato sauce
- vegetable broth
- olive oil or coconut oil
- soy sauce
- flowers to decorate (would say that’s the most important ingredient;) )
- Chop the parsnips and the beetroot (higly recommend using some gloves!)
- Heat up a tbsp of olive oil in a pan, give in the parsnip and beetroot pieces and around 300 ml of vegetable broth. Leave in on medium heat for around 15-20 min
- In another pan heat up 500-600 ml of salty water, add the lentils and let them cook until they have the right texture.
- Marinate the tofu with the tomato sauce, herbs, salt, some olive oil and a bit of soy sauce
- Heat up some olive oil in a frying pan – when the oil is hot fry the tofu. Set aside when you feel they are done.
- When everything is finished (you might need to add some more water to the lentils), mix it all together in a casserole – mix well and place it in the preheated (120 degrees) oven for another 5-10 min. I think it gives some extra flavor.
- Remove from the oven, decorate with flowers