Instead of making a list of what we would eat for dinner and then going grocery shopping I picked up some food when I went to BJ's this weekend. I bought chicken breast, london broil, a three pack of kielbasa (!), strawberries, spinach, sweet potatoes and Chobani yogurt. And milk and cream.
So, I am totally winging it this week. Everyday's dinner will be a surprise! Even to me.
First up: Sunday night. That was easy - grilled london broil, sweet potato and spinach salad. Yesterday, Monday, was a little trickier. Even though we had a lot of leftovers from Sunday, I didn't want to eat that again. Plus I usually pack leftovers for lunch the following day.
To figure out dinner for Monday I went to www.allrecipes.com and searched the recipes by using their "Ingredient Search". Have you used this? It can be hit or miss, but it is a pretty neat tool since you can type in the ingredients you want to use and exclude the ingredients you do not want to use.
I typed in: kielbasa. (remember - I bought a THREE pack!!!)
I came up with Sausage and Lentils:
- 3 C water
- 1 cup dried lentils
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 8 ounces fully cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage, sliced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine water, lentils and onion in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 15 minutes. Add sliced sausage, and season with cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer until lentils are tender, about 5 to 10 more minutes.
The best thing (I think) about AllRecipes.com is the comments. The comments to this recipes said it was a little bland. So I made the following changes:
- used shallot and 1 large garlic clove, sauteed in olive oil along with kielbasa
- added 1 tsp. chili powder and 1 tsp. cumin after the shallot, etc. had been sauteed until tender. I sauteed the mixture a little more until fragrant
- added lentils and water (I used 1.5 cups lentils to finish my bag so I increased the water by 1/2 C at first)
And this is how she turned out:
|Without carrots - brown :-( With carrots - color!|
I got rave reviews from the Husband and the Toddler! So the recipe is definitely a keeper.
|She couldn't get the lentils in her mouth fast enough!|