Here’s another great crockpot recipe- a working mom’s best friend! Kielbasa (otherwise known as Polish or Ukrainian sausage) gives this dish a wonderful smokey flavour, and the lentils add a hearty texture. It’s one tasty way to add legumes to your diet. By using the turkey version of this sausage, you cut out some of the fat and sodium that is usually found in regular kielbasa.
2 cups water
1 cube of vegetable bouillon
1 1/2 cups lentils, rinsed
1 pound turkey kielbasa sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you like it spicey)
Place all ingredients except spices in slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir in spices about 10 minutes before serving.
Even with the lower sodium turkey kielbasa I still found this a bit too salty for my liking. I might try half a bouillon cube next time. Otherwise it was pretty tasty. Tony seemed to enjoy it. He asked me, “what’s in this, carrots?” Nice guess anyway. Cole wasn’t too thrilled about it, he only ate a couple bites and then wanted to just eat garlic bread but I wouldn’t let him because he didn’t eat enough dinner. Bennett ate most of his dinner and then moved on to the bread.