While I'm on crafting hiatus as we adjust to being a family of 4 (!), I figured I'd share something else being made... dinner. It has to happen, whether or not anything else is happening. So, here's what we are eating tonight:
Sausage + Lentil Stew (Slow Cooker style)
1 cup lentils
2 cups beef broth
1 (12-ounce) package smoked chicken or turkey sausage, sliced--your choice of flavor.
1 cup chopped carrots
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
9 ounces (or so) fresh spinach (to add at the very end)
Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Rinse your lentils under cold water, and place them into an empty slow cooker. Add beef broth, and sliced sausage. Add the entire can of tomatoes and a cup of chopped carrots. The broth and the seasoning from the sausage is enough to flavor this dish-- there is no need for additional spices.
Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, then stir in fresh spinach. It'll look like a lot at first, but the spinach will wilt and I promise it will all fit. Cover again and let the spinach soften for about 15 minutes. Serve in a shallow bowl with cornbread.
Found this recipe at Stephanie's awesome blog: A Year of Slow Cooking
Also posted at Comestibilis - a recipe blog I post to with friends