Lentil Overload

Yesterday I was inspired by a post from another blogger to try a new supper dish.

I was cooking sausages for P, his favourite meal, but as I am not supposed to eat them on my low-cholesterol diet I was looking for a quick and easy alternative for me.

I am afraid that I didn't follow my blogger colleague's recipe exactly but used his initial idea and then made it up as I went along.

Whilst P's sausages and veg were cooking in the oven, I prepared the ingredients for my supper.  

First, I peeled a small sweet potato and chopped it into bite size pieces, put them into a small bowl with a little water, covered the bowl then microwaved for 2-3 minutes until the potato was cooked.  Drained it and set aside.

Meanwhile I chopped a stick of celery, half a red pepper and half a courgette into cubes and cut a handful of mushrooms in half.

Into a pan I splashed a little olive oil then added some dried chilli flakes, cumin, coriander, turmeric and garlic and stirred into a paste. I gently warmed the spices through then tipped in all the chopped veg, mushrooms and sweet potato chunks.  Gave a good shake and a stir to coat everything then added a spoonful of tomato puree and then a splash of white wine to stop it sticking to the pan.

At this point I thought it needed something else so grabbed a packet of red lentils, quickly rinsed a large handful and added them to the pan, with a little more white wine to cover  (other liquids are also available).

I put a lid on and gently simmered it all for about 10 minutes, until P's sausages and roasted veg were ready.

Unfortunately I had misjudged the amount of lentils.  It didn't look too much when I tipped them out of the packet but, of course, once they had absorbed all the liquid they had expanded quite alarmingly.

P exclaimed when he saw my plateful "You'll never be able to eat all that!"  but, dear reader, I am ashamed to say that I did indeed.  It was quite tasty and there would not have been sufficient leftover to freeze for another day.

I did suffer for it all night though.  My stomach felt quite bloated and I had trouble sleeping.

A lesson learned for next time - go easy on the lentils.


  1. A good sort of recipe when the day of the week comes to clear our the veg drawer in the freezer. A few good herbs and a packet of lentils and everything in the way of veg chopped up and hey presto - a meal.

    1. Yes, and to use up any fresh veg that is starting to get past its best, although that usually goes into a soup.

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    1. Got the lentils and the sausages mixed up.
      Wish we could get a good English banger. Greek sausages have lumps of fat and gristle and usually too many spices.
      Your lentils sound great. I like adding red lentils to dishes

    2. We get our sausages from the local butcher. He makes quite a variety amd they are all really good - with proper skins, not that awful plastic stuff you get with supermarket sausages.


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