Monday, June 18, 2012

Lentils with "Sausage" and Kale

Lentils have been in the news a lot lately because they pack a mean punch in the nutrition department!  They're full of fiber, protein, and B vitamins!  Now, I've always been a big fan of lentils, but I mostly ever have them one way: lentil soup!  Or, the occasional sloppy joe.  So on a quest to find more lentil recipes, I stumbled upon one that made my mouth water!
I've veganized it up to make it even healthier without the cholesterol-full sausages!  I also love that this meal contains a lot of ingredients I always have on hand; Sausages are the only "out of the norm" thing to buy!

Lentils with Kale and "Sausage"
Ingredients
  • 1-4 Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausages (I used 3)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbls minced garlic
  • Red Pepper Flakes, a pinch
  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 1 1/2 c red wine
  • 1 c lentils
  • Kale, lots and lots of chopped kale!
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Slice the sausages into strips and brown in a pan for a few minutes on each side; put aside on a paper towel.
Cook the onions until they're nice and brown, breaking up the onion slices as you stir.
Add the garlic and crushed pepper and cook for another minute.
Now it's time to pour in the water and wine! Bring them to a boil, then reduce the heat and add the lentils. 

Allow them to cook partially covered for ~40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cook them to your desired tenderness.
Add the kale, allowing it to cook down and continuing to add more until it's all in there.  Let the kale cook for 5-10 minutes, or until desired wilti-ness.

Lastly, slice the sausages and add them back to the pan and allow to warm through again.
Yum!!!  The lentils have a great wine flavor, and of course it goes great with a glass of wine on the side!
I'm actually making this again tonight!  So excited!

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1 comment:

  1. I've never used lentils, but you're right--I'm suddenly seeing them everywhere! This recipe looks great! I'm usually pretty wary of fake meat though. How'd you like the sausage?

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