Stormy Weather & a Recipe for Sausage Lentil Stew

The weather is changing. . . . .in huge stormy, swoopy changes this week. . . . the leaves are falling. . . .in fact, whole trees are falling ( we had a huge storm come through last night! Holy Smokes!). . . our neighbor on one side had a pine tree fall through the side of their second floor.  They had 2 other large evergreens fall in their yard also.  Our neighbor on the other side look like they have 3 huge spruce trees down.  We had 2 trees that either lost their tops or are completely broken and we have several large branches down everywhere.  Our deck furniture moved and our grill got knocked over.  Thankfully, though, I think that's it.  The sound of chainsaws has been non-stop today.

 With the changing weather, the temperatures are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter.  It is time to snuggle in and get ready for hibernation!  Just kidding.  I know most of us are too busy to actually hibernate.  😉 Wouldn't it be nice, though?  It's time to break out all of the Hygge books again and get super cozy.

This Sausage Lentil stew is one of those meals that you could eat while wrapped in a comfy throw in front of the fireplace.

The lentils are gorgeous and have the warm colors of Fall.  That's what drew me to these lentils ~~ the oranges, purples, reds and golds.  Pretty, aren't they?

  And lentils are so healthy for you.  They are a "pulse" or in the legume family.  They are small, but mighty.  They are loaded with fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and protein.  Plus, I've read that if you're trying to stay away from beans because of them being hard to digest, lentils are easier to digest than other larger beans.

When I was doing the Whole30 at the beginning of the year, beans weren't allowed at all.  One other diet that I was looking at recently didn't even allow coffee!!! (It's a bean afterall! Bet you don't think of that fact very often!)  The horror!  I've given up coffee right now anyway (( I say as I take a big swig of my McDonald's coffee~~Ummmm, guess I haven't given up coffee!! Didn't even think twice when I bought it a little bit ago. Ooops!)) 

Guess I wasn't thinking about the coffee that I had "given up" and was thinking more about all of the trees that are down in our area and all of the linemen that are working to get everyone's power back on.

Here are the Ingredients we used for the the Sausage Lentil Stew:

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 sweet onions ( chopped ) I have never chopped two onions that made me cry so hard before! It was completely outrageous.  I was trying to get the onions in the pot, but I couldn't see to do it.  I might need to ask for onion goggles for Christmas.  Hopefully your onions won't be as bad!
2 nitrate free hot Italian style turkey sausages, cut into bite size pieces
1 portobello mushroom cap, chopped
10 baby carrots, sliced
1 1\2 tablespoons dried Italian herbs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 quart chicken broth

1 cup autumn blend lentils
1/3 cup white rice

Heat olive oil over medium heat.
Cook onion, sausage and mushroom in olive oil until onions are translucent and sausage is browned. (About 10 minutes)
Add dried herbs, garlic powder, carrots and chicken broth.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, add lentils and rice and cover.
Cook for 40 minutes on low, or until lentils and rice are tender.

You can add extra water or broth if needed while cooking, if it gets thicker than you like, to make it more soupy.

We garnished ours with Parmesan cheese and ate it as part of a soup and salad night.  Of course a crusty bread would be awesome with this, if you eat bread.  We have a really good recipe for wheat dinner rolls ~~~ HERE --->>Wheat Dinner Roll Recipe

I didn't get awesome pictures of it because people in my house were hungry and cranky and the Fall lighting has just not been kind.

What's your favorite Fall Soup or Stew? 

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