Thursday, July 19, 2007
I love Lentils!

It has been very gloomy around here lately, so I am kind of in the mood for some feel good comfort food! Besides, when the sun does not shine, I get really cold and this was just the thing to warm me up! It is weird to say that I have never cooked lentils before and even stranger to say that I have only had them once before. We eat a lot of beans around here because let's face it, they are so good and really good for you (and very cheap)! Well, let me tell you, they are so easy to cook and we love this recipe for Oven-Braised Lentils with Sausage from CookingLight. I made a few changes due to what I had on hand and it still came out really really good! I left out the oil and used cooking spray instead. Also, we don't care for cooked celery so I used 1 1/4 cup chopped carrots and upped the chopped onion to 2 1/2 cups. I also did not feel like opening an entire bottle of wine for just a cup so I used more chicken broth. It was just what we needed! It would have been really good with a nice crusty roll. I will definitely do that next time.

Oven-Braised Lentils with Sausage

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/4 cups chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 thyme sprigs
2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) bag dried lentils
1 (14-ounce) package turkey kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 bay leaf

Preheat oven to 375°.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook 1 minute. Add water and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover and place in oven. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until lentils are tender; discard bay leaf.

10 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

CALORIES 234(14% from fat); FAT 3.6g (sat 1.3g,mono 1.6g,poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 20g; CHOLESTEROL 10mg; CALCIUM 109mg; SODIUM 450mg; FIBER 15.4g; IRON 5.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 33g

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