This recipe came to me by way of my Daughter who knows I like old fashioned foods like lentils and so does she and my Granddaughters. As received by email, she had a list of ingredients and when I asked how much, she essentially answered, “You figure it out, I never cook for one person.” I got out my bag of Goya lentils and merged the recipe on the back with my daughters to come up with the following.
½ T olive oil
1 thin slice scotch bonnet pepper or ¼ tsp red pepper
1 piece of Italian sausage 3oz
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 stalk celery
1 bay leaf
1 sweet bell pepper
2 medium carrots
1 bullion package
2 cups water
Can Tomatoes with juice
1 packet Goya Sazon
¼ cup lentils
- Saute sausages slices, hot pepper and oil for about 30 minutes until cooked.
- Add onion, garlic celery and bay leaf to the pot and cook covered with aluminum foil for an hour.
- Add carrots, bell pepper and bullion to the pot.
- Pass 2 cups of water through the coffee maker and cook for an hour.
- Add tomatoes and Sazon and cook another hour.
- Add lentils and cook til done about 1 hour.
Unfortunately, I took a very bad picture of this meal which was really quite good and the only one that looked like anything was the small amount that I tasted to test the meal prior to serving. Oh well, I ate all the sausage and enough of the rest to fill me so the only way to get a picture was to add more sausage and eat real leftovers which I never do.
I rebuilt the sauce and leftover meatless lentil stew with:
4 ounces of turkey ham
¼ cup of brown rice
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp crushed garlic
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp oregano
This was an all in the pot addition, mixed and heated on the coffeemaker hot plate for three hours covered with foil. The introductory picture was the leftovers which were quite different than the original meal but equally good.