Apple sausages are the star of this dish and complement perfectly the earthiness of lentils and the sweetness of beets. This recipe is inspired by french cassoulet. Beets and lentils compliment each other to create this comforting and healthy dish.
Note: Rosemary replaces dill in the recipe this week.
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Prepare the vegetables: Wash and clean all produce. Peel the beets. Cut in 1 cm dices. Cut the beet and the onion in 1 cm dices.
Cook the onion: In a medium pot, add the oil (1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 1/2 tsp), onion, salt (1/2 tbs, 1 tbs, 1 1/2 tsp) and pepper (1 pinch, 1/8 tbs, 1/4 tsp). Cook on medium heat until the onion starts to be tender, about 4 minutes. Mince the garlic and add to the onion. Cook for 1 minute.
Cook the lentils and vegetables: In the sink, place the lentils with bay leaf in a strainer and rinse it well. In the pot with the onion, add the beet dice, lentils, bay leaf, water depending on the size of your pot (2 cups, 4 cups, 6 cups).
Bring to a boil on medium heat, then reduce heat, add salt (1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 3/4 tsp), and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the lentils are just tender, adding more water if necessary. Be sure not to overcook them.
Cook the sausage: Place the sausages on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or non-stick liner. Drizzle oil (1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 1/2 tsp) on the sausages. Bake in the oven until the sausages are fully cooked, about 15 minutes. When the sausages are cooked, cut in 1/2 to 1 cm thick slices.
Note: Ensure the sausage is cooked to at least 165F.
Prepare the rosemary: Separate the rosemary leaves from the stem and cut in small pieces (1/4 cm).
Garnish & serve: Garnish the lentils with fresh rosemary. Serve with the salad.
Dr. Craig Herrington, Naturopath
Owner: Regina Naturopathic
Interestingly, using an anti-bacterial mouthwash, prevents the conversion of the active ingredient from beets and eliminates most beneficial effects.
Cooking with Kids
Lacey Engel, Registered Dietician
Owner: Beyond Baby Nutrition
Introducing new foods
It can take up to 20 different exposures of the same food before some kids may even try it. So keep calm, and offer the same food in different ways.
Making this recipe with kids?
Ask the child to help with step 5 & 6 by:
- Prepare the rosemary
- Garnish & serve
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Note: We cannot guarantee any dish is allergen free.