Spring time!

April 1, 2011 at 1:44 am 1 comment

I actually feel like spring time is almost here! The sun was out and it got up to a whopping 42 degrees, that is a big deal here in Michigan when the average temp during the winter is 17-30 degrees. Lets just say I cannot wait to get outside and work on the yard, I love to garden and tend to my plants and flowers.

This morning started out with some cereal and coffee.

My daily coffee consists of:

Almond or soy milk

Agave

Brewed coffee of choice

Most of my day was spent preparing the walls for painting, and the usual maintenance around the house.

I took a break from the gym since I had boot-camp last evening and needed a rest/recovery day. Roy was planning on going to the gym today, however he decided that he should study for his PE (Professional Engineering) exam coming up in April. Well this is what really happened GYM=STUDY=SLEEP. Roy was snoring in the living room while I was cooking dinner.

Dinner:

Casserole of Lentils, Rice, and Sausage

(Makes 6-8 servings, recipe adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen)

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked brown rice or Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice (1/2 cup uncooked rice; do not use instant rice)
1 cup uncooked brown or green lentils
5 links Hot turkey Italian sausage ( use regular turkey sausage if you do not like spicy)
1 T  olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1-2 dried bay leaves
1/2 cup chicken stock
salt/pepper to taste
chopped parsley for serving (optional)
freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)

Cook rice in rice cooker or following package directions and let cool. Place lentils in saucepan, cover with water, add bay leaves and simmer until lentils are getting soft, about 30 minutes.

While rice and lentils are cooking, heat 1 T olive oil in large nonstick frying pan. Squeeze sausage out of casing and cook until very well browned, breaking up the sausage as it cooks.

When sausage is browned,  add garlic and cook 3-5 minutes.

Turn on oven and heat to 350 F/180C.  When lentils are done, drain well, remove bay leaf, and combine in frying pan with rice, and sausage. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock, stir to combine, and pour mixture into small casserole dish.
Cover with lid or foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit 10 minutes.  Serve warm, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.  This can  also be served with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Served with green beans. This dish was packed with protein and fiber so it was very filling, and the hot turkey sausage gave it some extra flavor and kick.

Daily bites: Lentils are  grain legumes, which means that they are a cultivated seed much like beans. Lentils are high in protein, and also contain fiber, folate, and vitamin B-1.

Question:

How often do you use lentils in your dishes?

Or creative ways that you have used lentils in your recipes?

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Roy  |  April 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    It should be noted that I did actually study that night after dinner.

    Reply

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