This is one that can be adapted for anyone.

Sausage and Lentil One Pot.

If you are ever following any dietary regime you can end up narrowing your scope to those recipes provided and recommended by that regime.

However if the regime is worth its salt it will be skilling you learn to cook in a way that suits you, meets your health needs and fitness desires. As a result you should be able to start taking any recipe and adapting it to your requirements.

This recipe was discovered after a classic google search for inspiration, the search being purely sausage recipes. I wanted something easy to cook, quick to cook and using limited ingredients after a weekend of fridge clearing out pending the arrival of the next big shop.

As is often the case the BBC came to the rescue with this recipe from the its Good Food website.

This is a link to the site. Use the search facility to find recipes from the huge catalogue of recipes owned by the BBC.

Good Food

The original recipe had the following ingredients listed.

  • 400g pack sausage
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 250g lentil (we used puy lentils)
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 125ml red wine or extra stock

Adaptation 1: choose the sausages that suit you best. I used a good quality, but not low fat, pork sausage (I know I can allow myself up to three of these). You can add low fat, no fat, chicken, beef or vegetarian to suit you. You can also judge the quantity you will allow yourself. Use the number of sausages you need/ are allowed to feed everyone eating.

Adaptation 2: I only had 125g of lentils in. I considered adding some other beans but settled on adding a sliced onion as well as the finely chopped. I like onions so give me a break. You can use the full quantity of lentils or beans or another veg to suit your needs. Mushrooms would be a great addition I suspect although these were also not available to me today.

Adaptation. 3: As offered in the recipe use extra stock instead of the wine. This I did.

Adaptation 4: I used roasted peppers from the jar, they needed less cooking time.

Method:

  1. Spray a large pan with low calorie spray and put on a high heat.
  2. Add the sausages and brown them without burning them.
  3. Remove the sausages, spray a little more oil and add all the onions and cook until soft ( 2 or 3 minutes).
  4. Add the garlic, peppers, lentils and stock and bring to the boil.
  5. Add the sausages turn down the heat and simmer for half an hour to forty minutes.
  6. Eat.

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