Last night however I was struck by a lack of cooking motivation. Nothing sounded like what I wanted. Then I realized how long it had been since I had eaten spaghetti. However, I can no longer eat just a pile of pasta and sauce and feel good about that as a meal. It seems crazy to me now, but at one point I didn't bother myself with considering if vegetables might be in order. So, I scrounged around the kitchen and came up with some lentils, spinach, and bell peppers (from our garden) and thought that might make the sauce passable as a robust meal. It was awesome!
I cooked the lentils and peppers for 10-15 minutes or so in a tiny bit of water so they were both at least partially softened by the time I threw them in the sauce. When all the water was evaporated I added a can of our homegrown tomato sauce and spiced it up with some Italian herbs and salt and pepper. I ran the spinach through the food processor and then mixed it in with the sauce.
The end result was a very nice thick and chunky red sauce. I love cooking with our tomatoes as they are so delightfully sweet.
I also made bread sticks, which I never DREAMED of doing years ago. Who knew that making bread as so easy?!?! I love it and am hooked on it because, really, nothing beats warm, fresh bread. Especially topped with nutritional yeast.....