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Lentil, Kale, & Andouille Sausage Stew (and kofta lunch!)

June 8, 2013 8:35 pm

Despite the order of my title, first, LUNCH!


I needed to use up the ends of a Drumlin Community Farms salsa & marinara sauce. The marinara sauce was opened to compliment my stuffed shells at the end of last week, but it wasn’t really hitting the spot. Then, I realized: I don’t know why, but it would make an excellent tomato curry! (Weird.) I had some veggie meatballs from TJs that I picked up months ago, on my parents insistance that it’s a great substitute for kofta. So, I fried a red onion with some spices, added tomato-y-ness with some water for liquid, and simmered the “kofta”. Served over some basmati and a scoop of market yogurt with a few straggler peas I found in the freezer. Overall – pretty good use of random market stuff and things that were wasting away in my freezer! (Note to self: when peas are in season, I could pick up a lb of tomatoes and recreate this!)

Now – to the main event.

lentil sausage kale stew

Ta-Da! (Sorry for the dark picture, we had a very late dinner!)

I have to say – it was entirely too hot in the house for this. I thought it would be fine, with our 60 deg days. But apparently, running the bread machine, slow cooker (black beans, upcoming), and the stove all at the same time makes the kitchen hot. Who knew 😛

Lentil, Kale, & Chicken Andouille Sausage Stew!
adapted from Rachel Ray’s “Week in a day”

1 tbsp olive oil
12oz Chicken Sausage (spicy was so good!)
2-3 small red onions (or maybe one whole regular onion)
2 carrots, diced
1 tbsp tomato paste (optional, I think)
1.5 c brown lentils
4 c chicken broth
at least 2 c water (I added much, much more)
a few leaves fresh oregano
a couple pinches of dried rosemary
2 cloves of garlic, diced
some cumin (whoops, didn’t measure it!)
4 oz no-yolk egg noodles
1 bunch rinsed, de-stemmed, and finely diced kale

First, I took the sausage out of its casing and broke it up a bit. I browned it in a tbsp of oil. I thought I could use a tsp and I was wrong and ended up adding more oil to the pan! When the sausage was partially browned, I added the onion and carrot and cooked until the sausage looked almost done. Then, I should have added the tomato paste (but ended up adding it after the broth by accident). Added the broth, lentils, water,  herbs, garlic, and cumin. I let this simmer until the lentils were almost as tender as I wanted. I find this takes me only 10 minutes, but recipes always say it should take more time!

Then, I added the egg noodles, at the end, as an impulse, since I was worried it wouldn’t be calorie-dense enough for Glenn. After looking in my fridge and cabinet, that’s what I found. It would have been nice with the potato Rachel calls for or even sweet potato or cooked brown rice. Since I added egg noodles, I also added maybe nearly two more cups of water. When the egg noodles were done, I added the kale and served it up! Yum!

This made 6 Pooja-servings, but probably only 4-5 Glenn-servings 🙂
One Pooja-serving has 282 cals, 8g fat, 41g carbs, 13g fiber, and 23g protein.

Poultry Adventures! Roasting my first chicken

June 3, 2013 8:07 pm

Remember that beautiful 5 pound free range chicken from Pecatonica Valley Farm that Glenn brought home on Saturday? It’s been defrosting in the fridge since he brought it home, and today it was time to roast that sucker!

I followed Ina Garten’s recipe, since everything she does is totally foolproof. I made a few alterations to suit what I had at home. I didn’t have any fennel or regular onions (maybe later in the summer?) so I used about a lb of carrots and some celery I had in the fridge. 

chicken dinner

Beautiful, ain’t it? Actually, it’s a bit overcooked, because I have a dumbstupid meat thermometer… I should have just stopped cooking right when Ina said I should. At least the veggies were good (see how I focused on those? look at those roasted carrots)!

I wanted to serve it with potatoes and kale, and spent too much time thinking about exactly how. I could have roasted the potatoes with the chicken and sauteed the greens, but Glenn wanted mashed potatoes, so I made a version of colcannon! I followed this recipe from Simply Recipes, but with only 26 oz of potatoes, 2 c kale, 1 tbsp of butter, and 1/2 c of milk. With these changes, 1/4 of the recipe is about 230 cals, 3.5g fat, 46g carbs, 5g fiber, & 9g protein. I have a little less than that on my plate. You can, of course, add the pool of butter at the end (I did add a pat of margarine), but that might add a few calories… I won’t tell if you don’t.

I’m not sure if I’m up to doing this again, to be honest. I didn’t grow up eating a lot of meat and I don’t think my parents ever cooked a whole bird. So, dealing with a whole, raw bird (organs and all!) was a little stressful. Overcooking the bird didn’t help much. (I admit, I am pretty sad that I overcooked it. It deserved better!) I’ll have to think long and hard before I buy another whole chicken. Maybe next time I’ll dial back to just the parts I’m used to. After getting all the meat off the bones, I think I got somewhere between 1.5 and 2lbs of cooked meat. I felt like I might have been better off buying 2 pounds of chicken breast (which I think would also cook down to 1.5lbs, for roughly $13). That would have been plenty of meat and much less hassle/stress. And if I really want to make stock (I do! I do!), I could always buy some cheap chicken necks, right? Say what you will about the perks of buying the whole bird — this was my experience!

To console myself, I’m making stovetop popcorn with my West Star Farms kernels. Gimme.