Lentil Bolognese with Courgetti

Dr. Sharma’s Brain Boosting Recipe

This recipe for lentil bolognese with courgetti comes from fantastic Dr. Divya Sharma. Known as “Doctor Bowl” on Instagram, Divya is a qualified GP and mum who shares lifestyle advice and quick recipes to help make a better you.

This meal is one of my staples now. It’s so easy to make, packed with nutrition, and tastes absolutely delicious.

Adding lentils to a meal is a great way to get more protein into your diet. Also they are packed full of fibre to help keep you fuller for longer

Why is it good for my brain?

Well, it’s got tomatoes. Which, if you remember this tomatotally brilliant newsletter - are packed with carotenoids, which protect against cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The other star player in this dish are lentils - which have an uncool rep, but we can look past that for the bitchin’ folate they contain, which keeps your brain sharp as you age, as well as awesome vitamin B6 and radical zinc can boost memory. Did I just help with the uncool thing? Probably not.

The Recipe

Lentil Courgetti

Cooking time: About 80mins


  • 1 large mug green lentils, cooked/can

  • 1 can chopped tomatoes

  • 2 chopped garlic cloves

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 1 chopped carrot

  • 1 large stick of celery

  • 1 tsp mixed Italian herbs

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 pint vegetable stock


  1. Soften the garlic, onions, carrot and celery in a pan with the oil.

  2. Add the lentils and cook for 10 mins.

  3. Add the tomatoes and the stock.

  4. Cook for at least an hour on a low heat. The longer and slower you cook this the better it will be.

  5. Season.

  6. Cook the spaghetti and serve

You can see more great content from Divya on her Instagram (@doctorbowl).

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About Divya

Hi, my name’s Divya! I qualified as a doctor in 2010 and now work as a general practitioner in north London. I have a keen interest in promoting a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. 

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I started my Instagram account (@doctorbowl) to help people learn about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. I want to try and make it easy for people by showcasing quick and uncomplicated recipes.

At the same time I believe that everyone should have a happy relationship with food and shouldn’t demonise so called ‘bad’ foods. All foods can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a varied and predominantly healthy diet and I hope my recipes reflect this.