Lentils Vertes And Heck! Sausage Casserole

To be perfectly honest I thought lentils vertes were the same thing as green lentils. Who knew they’re actually not? Turns out, me. When I got them home and compared them to my other green lentils. Quel dommage. No harm done though as I’d bought them to go in a sausage stew, after some rapid googling I’ve discovered they’re actually a more PREMIUM lentil ooooh (explains why they were twice the price of the others) and are exceptional in stews so no skin off my nez.

I’ll stop with the French puns now, sorry. Lots of other lentil and sausage casserole / stew (is there a difference?) recipes place the sausages lovingly on top of the lentils but this felt a bit dull to me, so I took the sausages from their casing and rolled them into effectively meatballs, so they could become more part of the stew.

This wasn’t exactly summer food, I should note. But I’m a bit sick of halloumi salads or griddled meats and fancied something a bit more comforting that wasn’t a curry. It’s a bit of a nightmare knowing what to eat in this heatwave, let’s be honest. Depending on your timing you don’t need to put this in the oven if you can’t bear having it on in this heat, you can just bubble it away on the hob for 30-40 mins until the lentils are done.

Recipe after the jump!

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Mushroom and Lentil Stew

Lentils are such a staple in my cupboard! They’re so good for bulking out a meal. I love mixing the green and red ones so that you have some that retain their shape and some that sort of drift into thick sauciness. Plus you can flavour them with whatever you like! Mushrooms are a great shout as their earthy savouriness really comes to the foreground of this one.

Put an egg on this and it’s brunch. Have a slab of bread and a bit of cheese on top and it’s dinner! It’s the ultimate versatile, make in advance and throw in the fridge meal.

I used a mix of dried porcini mushrooms and normal chestnut mushrooms but you can just use whatever you have lying around. I also used chicken stock because I’m a meat eater, but if you wanted to keep this plant-based just swap out for stock of your choice (and obviously leave off the egg).

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Butternut Squash Lentil and Spinach Curry

A lovely cheap dish here, inspired by a huge butternut squash I found in Lidl that was too big for the cupboard. Honestly, it was almost obscene! Anyway you’ll just need a squash, an onion, red lentils, canned tomatoes, frozen spinach and some beans (optional). Most of which you’ll probably have in your cupboard/freezer anyway. Oh and spices to get the curry taste but if you make curry regularly you’ll probably have those too. I had a proper dilly dally about whether to put coconut milk in this as the texture had gone quite creamy with the lentils anyway. In the end I went for without, but I think if you wanted to make it a bit more rich it would be a good addition.

We are trying to save up a bit in February so expect to see a fair few more budget-friendly posts. We don’t spend that much on food generally but it always helps to save where you can! Lentils are a great option for this because they’re super cheap, super filling and SUPER good for you. Low fat, high protein and they take on any flavour you give them. If you don’t already love lentils, nows the time to start!

I ate this with rice and naan but it’s just as good by itself. Recipe after the jump!

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