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LENTIL RECIPES: Grilled Chicken Sausages with Lentils . . . Frankfurter and Lentil Soup . . . Greek Salad with Green Lentils

Grilled Chicken Sausages with Lentils 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 carrot, chopped 1 small red onion, chopped 1 cup lentils 1 14 1/2 -ounces can chicken broth 1 cup water 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon orange zest 4 ...

Grilled Chicken Sausages with Lentils
For a quick meal for dinner, try Grilled Chicken Sausage with Lentils. (McClatchy Tribune)

Grilled Chicken Sausages with Lentils

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 carrot, chopped

1 small red onion, chopped

1 cup lentils

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1 14½-ounces can chicken broth

1 cup water

1 bay leaf

½ teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon orange zest

4 apple-chicken sausages or turkey sausage

3 green onions, thinly sliced

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Heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Cook carrots and onion until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, broth, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste. Heat to a simmer; cook, uncovered, until lentils are done, about 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf, stir in orange zest. Set lentils aside, keep warm.

Meanwhile, grill, broil or microwave sausages according to package instructions. Remove to a cutting board; slice. Place lentils on dinner plates; top with green onions. Arrange sliced sausage on top.

Yield: Serves 4.

Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 370 calories, 35 percent of calories from fat, 14 grams fat (5 grams saturated), 45 milligrams cholesterol, 33 grams carbohydrates, 28 grams protein, 680 milligrams sodium, 12 grams fiber.

Frankfurter and Lentil Soup

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 cup coarsely chopped or grated onion

1 cup coarsely chopped or grated carrots

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1 cup coarsely chopped or grated celery

½ cup dried lentils

½ pound lean frankfurters, cut into 1-inch slices (about 1½ cups)

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup chopped parsley

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 slices German-style dark bread

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery; saute 5 minutes. Add 4 cups water and bring to a rolling boil. Add the lentils slowly so the water continues to boil. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add the frankfurter slices and vinegar; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add the parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the bread.

Yield: Serves 2.

Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 497 calories, 23 percent of calories from fat, 12.8 grams fat (3.2 grams saturated, 3.7 grams monounsaturated), 34 milligrams cholesterol, 36.8 grams protein, 73.5 grams carbohydrates, 13.2 grams fiber, 1,210 milligrams sodium.

Greek Salad with Green Lentils

8 cups mixed lettuce greens

¼ red onion, thinly sliced

½ cucumber, sliced into half-moons

2 tomatoes, cut into wedges (optional)

16 kalamata olives

1 cup cooked green lentils

Feta cheese, crumbled on top of each serving as garnish

VINAIGRETTE:

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

Place all vinaigrette ingredients into a small jar with a screw-top lid. Shake to combine.

Place salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.

Serve as a light meal with some crusty bread, or fill pita bread for a Greek salad pita pocket. Dress just before eating.

Yield: Serves 4.

Frankfurter and Lentil Soup
Frankfurter and Lentil Soup is a one-pot meal that will brighten an evening dinner. (McClatchy Tribune)

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