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Menu Plan for Winter II: Week 5, Thursday

Lentils with Brown Rice and Sausages

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       Brown rice and lentils.... How healthy can we get?  Well, except for the sausages.... Use turkey. 
I use the small, green or black lentils and I think their flavor goes well with both a hearty rice and the sausage.  You could substitute tan lentils but not the red ones as they don't hold their shape.

Lentils with Brown Rice and Sausage 

Total time: 45 minutes
     Almost a one-dish dinner, the rice and lentils are cooked together in a sofrito of garlic, onion, pepper, celery and carrot.  Add as much or as little chili powder as you like and/or finish with a dash of hot sauce.  Both the lentils and the brown rice I use cook in 20 minutes.  If you use traditional, long-cooking brown rice, partially pre-cook it before adding.  Or substitute Basmati.

Lentils with Brown Rice and Sausage Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives, large saucepan with lid, large skillet with lid
Chop onion
Mince garlic
Sauté chili powder in oil
Add onion, garlic, sauté
Sauté sausages
Chop celery, pepper, carrot
Add celery, pepper, carrot to onion/garlic, sauté

Turn sausages
Check lentils
Add rice, lentils, stock, herbs to saucepan
Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, simmer
When sausages are done, cover, remove from heat.
    
15  - 20 minute break
Check rice and lentils, adjust if needed
When happy, add tomato paste
Slice sausages, add
Heat through
Serve