Recently, I started experimenting with my Crock Pot. I have had it for years, but never really tried using it for much other than pot roasts. Why I never used it, I really don’t know. I wish I had known then what I know now, the crock pot is a marvelous thing! It’s perfect for busy moms like me. If I need to, I can prepare it the night before, wake up put it all together in the pot and turn it on. I love that I don’t have to worry about having enough time to get all of my daily things done before I need to start cooking dinner. I can leave the house and come home to a delicious home cooked meal!
Last week I made an Italian Lentil and Sausage Slow Cooker Stew. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. The ingredients all sounded good, but this was a combination I had never tried cooking before. Well let me just say, actions spoke loudly..my family devoured the whole stew! Thank goodness I made a side of noodles or we wouldn’t have had enough. Well here is the recipe, I hope you and your family will enjoy it as much as we did!
2 tsp Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 clove (1 tsp) Garlic, minced
1 small Onion, chopped
1 cup dried shiitake mushroom, caps, sliced (I didn’t have shiitake, I used fresh Portobello)
1 cup dry Lentils, washed and picked over
2 bay leaves
3 cups cooked spinach (lightly salted), coarsely chopped (I sauteed the spinach in 1 tsp EVOO)
12 oz cooked Chicken Sausage (or sausage of choice), sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
3 cups (fat -free) chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt (I like using sea salt)
1/4 tsp black pepper
Heat oil in medium skillet. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms; saute until onion i translucent, about 5 minutes.
Place vegetables in 3 to 4 quart slow cooker; add lentils, bay leaves, chicken sausage, broth, salt and pepper in order listed.
Cover Slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hrs; remove bay leaves and stir well before serving.
Oh and did I mention this is a weight watchers recipe (point value 8)? That’s right and believe me you would never know. This dish is delicious! Enjoy