Lucie’s lentils

This is a super easy, slightly spicy, one-pot wonder that I came up with once I realized that lentils can taste good if you cook them well. Beware that even people who claim to hate lentils will eat and enjoy this dish.

3 tbs olive oil
1/2 white or yellow onion halved and thinly sliced
1 pack of vacuum sealed ready-made lentils from Trader Joe’s, or you can make your own lentils. If you make your own, use the small black lentils and cook them al dente, so they don’t get mushy once you add them to your dish.
1 POMI or any other marinara sauce
1 small or 1/2 large cauliflower cut up into 1″ – 1.5″ even-sized pieces
1/2 – 1 pack of spicy chicken sausage sliced into 2/8″ rounds. I use Aidells chicken habanero green chile sausages, but you can use even tofu sausage or substitute ground turkey for a healthier option.
salt – you might like to add some salt at the very end to suit your taste. When I make this dish, I generally don’t feel that it needs any more salt or spices as it gets all the amazing flavors form the sausages. If you use ground turkey, you will want to salt the mean once you add it into the pot, and add some pepper or chili flakes too to give it some kick.

1) Heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat.
2) Add onion and sausages and saute for about 10-15 mins stirring as needed
3) Add your marinara sauce, lentils, cauliflower and about 1/2 cup of water.
4) Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 – 45 mins. If your dish seems to be too watery at the end, turn up the heat to high, remove lid and let water evaporate while stirring.

I love eating this dish as is, or with toasted flat-bread or even naan.

Serves about 4-8 people based on how hungry they are. :-)


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