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Eats Like a Meal- Lentil and Italian Sausage Stew

What you need: 

1/2 tube Gimme Lean Sausage style, or other vegan sausage
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
garlic
2 cups vegetable broth (1 cup more if you want it soupier)
1 cup red potato chunks
1/4 cup dried lentils
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. oregano
1 cup coarsely chopped broccoli

What you do: 

1. Spray a saucepot with a little bit of PAM. Break the fake sausage into chunks and brown it while you are chopping up the veggies.
2. Add to the pot the onions, carrots, and garlic and cook until tender.
3. Add the broth, potatoes, lentils, bay leaf, and oregano, and heat to a boil.
4. Cover and cook over low heat for 40 minutes or until the lentils are done.
5. Stir in the broccoli, cook for 5 minutes, remove bay leaf.

Preparation Time: 
70 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
2-4
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

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I really liked this! My hubby got some vegan sausage, and while it had a nice flavor, the texture was icky. I decided to make this stew to try to redeem the sausage, and it worked. First, the texture of the sausage was vastly better. Also, I liked all the flavors. I did make some changes. I didn't have any broccoli and that addition sounded strange, so I added cabbage instead. Also, I didn't have any stock so I just used water and added a chipotle chile. Finally, I added 4 cups of water, but I also added more veggies than the original recipe called for.

I liked that the lentils weren't overpowering. This was a stew with lentils, not a lentil stew. I would absolutely make this again.

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I'm not quite sure how to rate this stew, because I changed it a LOT. I used shredded carrots, 5 cloves of garlic, russet potatoes, 2 bay leaves, and 2 cans of pinto beans instead of lentils. I used 4 cups of broth, but I would recommend 3 cups. I added a good pinch of salt (but that may be because my bouillon had no salt added), lots of freshly ground black pepper, LOTS of garlic and herb seasoning, about 1/2 tsp basil, a couple pinches of crushed red pepper, a few shakes of red wine vinegar (although I think balsamic would have been ideal), and several squirts of Braggs Liquid Aminos. THEN it was perfect, but when I tasted it only with the oregano, it was very, very bland. I think I'll give this 3 stars, because the end result was good, but I had to spend a lot of time fixing the original stew. Next time, I'll either use the whole package of Gimme Lean or I'll add a cup or so of cooked grain (like rice or barley). Also, I thought the broccoli was a little weird in this - I think kale or spinach would be better. Sorry I had to mess with your recipe so much!

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Tastes great and is extremely hearty.  Thanks!  :)

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It was kind of chilly and rainy here, so I wanted something warming for dinner.I made this for my husband and I. I didn't have potatoes, a bay leaf, or broccoli, so I substituted celery for potatoes and just doubled up on the carrots. I used Morningstar Farms sausage style soy crumbles. This really turned out well. It had a lot of great flavour. We both really enjoyed it and it was the perfect dinner for a rainy evening.

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