Green Lentil and Chicken Sausage Stew

Chicken Sausage Green Lentil Stew with FalafelThe second lentil recipe I’m sharing with you this week is Green Lentil and Chicken Sausage Stew.  I recently tried the roasted red pepper and spinach sausage from Costco and have been working out ideas to do with it.  It’s a good sausage but we really didn’t like the taste of it on its own but it does pair well in dishes with other things.

Sauting the Ingredients for Chicken Sausage and Green Lentil StewAnyway, I was digging through my pantry (yes, sometimes it’s more like digging because it gets so disorganized when I’m working with new ingredients and haven’t taken the time to find a place to keep them in yet), thinking about what I wanted to cook and came across the jar of green lentils.  I immediately knew I wanted to use the lentils and sausage together.

Chicken Sausage and Green Lentil Stew and Falafel cookingI added stock to the pan as the beans absorbed it because I didn’t want them to be over watery, hence the 3 to 4 cups required in the recipe.  You can add as much as you like and make them with as much liquid as you like.  You could even turn this into a soup by adding 6 cups of stock.  Use your choice or veggie or chicken stock.

Closeup of Chicken Sausage Green Lentil StewThis a hearty stew but it’s also very low-fat and filled with plenty of wonderful nutrients.  It’s also another beautiful lentil dish that would benefit from having falafel served on the side or you could serve it with a nice crusty bread.  I made falafel this time with a tzatziki sauce. Both turned out yummy and just like I suspected, the falafel is the perfect accompaniment with the lentils and will share my recipe for it next time.

Green Lentil and Chicken Sausage Stew

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb. carrots, sliced

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1 lb. smoked chicken sausage or Turkey Kielbasa, sliced (used chicken with roasted red peppers and spinach)

2 cups green lentils, picked over and rinsed

3 to 4 cups of chicken or veggie stock

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Makes 8 servings.

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