Lentils with Smoked Tofu and Plums

We really enjoyed this meal tonight with boiled potatoes. It’s a very nice savory way to enjoy plums. It is a hearty, filling meal that is full of wonderful flavors.

Lentils with Smoked Tofu and Plums

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup de Puy or brown lentils
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 lb. smoked tofu pieces or faken bacon pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil to fry the tofu pieces
  • 1 lb. of plums
  • 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • potatoes for 4 people

Plums in a colander

Directions:

Begin to boil the potatoes so that they are ready at the same time as the lentils.

to prepare the lentils:

  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot.
  2. Add the onions and saute until they become glassy.
  3. Add the lentils, garlic, parsley, water and vegetable bouillon cube.
  4. Bring the lentils to a boil, then turn the heat down to a soft boil.
  5. Add the balsamic vinegar and tomato paste.
  6. Cook the lentils until they become soft, but not mushy, about 20 minutes.

to prepare the plums:

  1. Meanwhile, cut the plums in half and remove the stone.
  2. Slice the plums in eighths into a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the plums with the sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Heat the vegan margarine in a frying pan.
  5. Add the plums and lightly saute to caramelize them, but not so much that they loose their shape.

to prepare the tofu

  1. Heat oil in a separate pan
  2. Warm the tofu pieces.
Lentils with Smoked Tofu and Plums

Serve the lentils with tofu pieces on top, and a generous portion of plums on top of the tofu.
Optionally sprinkle with a bit of parsley, and the boiled potatoes on the side.