What parent isn’t after a meal that is nutritious, fast, filling and inexpensive but rich with flavor? My “go-to-meal” fills the bill and also provides children the opportunity to “personalize” it with their preferred “add-ons”.
A dear friend from Guatemala, Nancy Diaz, introduced this meal to us and it is a family favorite! As with so many great cooks who can invent something on the spur of the moment, Nancy didn’t have a formal recipe so we wrote this one. The beauty of this meal is the portions don’t have to be exact and most of the items you probably have on hand!
Lentils and Sausage
1 bag of lentils
2 bay leaves
2 cans of tomato sauce
1 can of whole peeled tomatoes (chopped)
1 onion (diced)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
14 oz smoked sausage, quartered into ½ inch pieces
1-2 cubes of chicken bouillon
¾ tsp black pepper (or to taste)
Salt to taste
Rinse the lentils in a bowl of water or in a colander. Lentils sometimes contain small stones.
Put lentils in large saucepan with two bay leaves and cover with water. The water should be at least 4 fingers above the level of lentils.
Cook lentils until soft but not mushy. The water in your pot should be at the level of the lentils.
(If you want to serve the lentils and sausages over rice, add a little more water to the lentils. Or, you can add cooked diced. Also, you can add adobo, red pepper seasoned salt depending on your heat preferences. )
Serve in bowls with corn tortillas on the side. Other add-ons include jalapeños, grated cheese, avocados, roasted corn, corn ships, and/or salsa.