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Food Writer By Eliza Sullivan

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Eliza Sullivan is a food writer and SEO editor at mindbodygreen. She writes about food, recipes, and nutrition–among other things. She studied journalism at Boston University.

December 22, 2021 — 2:03 AM

Have you heard of the Blue Zones yet? If you haven’t, they’re–simply put–regions of the world where people live longer than the rest. Among other things, these areas often follow particular diets that focus on healthy whole foods. It’s probably not a coincidence that two of the five Blue Zones identified by Dan Buettner are located along the Mediterranean, and that the Mediterranean diet has been continuously identified as one of the best diets for health.

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Buettner has some particular favorite foods (which he shared on the mindbodygreen podcast), including sourdough, avocado, and bananas, but the one that he says you should eat a cup of daily? Beans, and generally legumes.

In a recent appearance on Instagram Live with Carleigh Bodrug (aka @plantyou), Buettner once again shared the power of legumes. After their chat, she was inspired to begin sharing a series of longevity-supporting dishes, starting with this recipe featuring one of our favorite plant-based proteins. This simple lentil bolognese uses mushrooms and red lentils to get that “meaty” texture. A key shortcut: Make the mix and then add your favorite pre-made sauce.

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Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp oregano
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 diced tomatoes
1 cup cremini mushrooms, minced
1/2 cup dry red lentils (rinsed)
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cups pasta sauce of choice
Top with vegan parmesan

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Method

In a pot over medium heat, add the onion, garlic and olive oil. Cook until softened, approximately 2 minutes.
Add the oregano, nutritional yeast and salt and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
Stir in the cremini mushrooms and diced tomatoes and allow to cook down for approximately 2 more minutes. Add the red lentils, broth and tomato sauce at this point.
Bring the sauce to a boil, and then simmer over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes until the lentils are cooked through.

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