Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet

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Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that’s as nutritious as it is delicious! {GF}

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that's packed with flavor! {GF} @FlavortheMoment

Normally I try to keep things upbeat here, but today I’m going be real.  I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Northern California fires and how it’s taken out entire neighborhoods, parts of wine country, and it continues to rage on.  It’s starting to get under control, but so many people are without homes and many kids no longer have schools to attend because they’ve also burned to the ground.

Air quality has gotten better so my kids will at least resume school this week, which means we’ll try to find a sense a normalcy amidst all the destruction and tragedy around us.

I have a heavy heart, but the silver lining to all of this is the kindness that people are showing by volunteering, donating items to people in need, and taking in complete strangers that need a place to stay.

We’ll be doing our part as well, but it will never be enough.  And we need comfort everywhere we can find it.

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that's packed with flavor! {GF} @FlavortheMoment

This Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is rustic, hearty, and most importantly comforting.  This dish is like your favorite lentil soup, but it’s even heartier.  It’s along the lines of a stew or chili, and it’s packed with goodness.

This dish is guaranteed to stick to your ribs and warm you heart and soul.

Many Tuscan recipes contain pasta, but not this one.  Pulses are the foundation of this recipe because I love incorporating them into my recipes several times per week.

Pulses include dry peas, chickpeas, lentils and beans if you’re not familiar with the term.  Not only are they delicious, but they’re also protein-packed sustainable foods.

Pulses are extremely versatile and so nutritious.  They help maintain a healthy body weight, reduce post-meal “crashes”, and help maintain heart health.  Click here to read more about the nutrition benefits of pulses.

If you’re looking to eat healthier, just add pulses!  Sign up for the Half-Cup Habit and see how easy it can be to add 1/2 cup serving of pulses to your diet 3x per week.

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that's packed with flavor! {GF} @FlavortheMoment

See the recipes below for more ideas on how to add more pulses to your diet!

Cheesy Pesto Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Boats

Three Bean Tamale Pie with Sweet Potato Cornbread Topping

Butternut Squash Hummus with Spiced Pepitas

I love Tuscan food because it’s simple, rustic, and comforting.  Most of the time it’s inexpensive and made in large amounts.

This Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet fits that description perfectly.  It’s easy to prepare with simple ingredients.  Get the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and sausage cooked up, then add the tomatoes, stock, and lentils.

Simmer 35-40 minutes till the lentils are tender, and add the white beans and kale during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

tuscan-lentil-skillet-process

This meal will cost you around $20 and will easily feed 4-6 people.

And it’s freezer-friendly!

Lentils are something that I don’t use often enough, and frankly I wasn’t sure how my family would react when I served this for dinner.  They love sausage and mushrooms, so I knew adding some familiar ingredients to the lentils would definitely help.

The end result was a happy family at dinner time.  This dish was a hit, and lentils will definitely be in the regular rotation at meal time from now on.

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that's as nutritious as it is delicious! {GF} @FlavortheMoment

The sausage-wild mushroom combination is one of my favorites, but you can absolutely make this dish meatless by omitting the sausage and doubling the amount of wild mushrooms, and use veggie broth instead of chicken.

If you’re not a fan of kale, substitute it for baby spinach or your favorite greens.

Whatever you do, finish this dish off with a hefty sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan and enjoy.

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a simple family-friendly meal that’s as nutritious as it is delicious, and it’s a great way to get more pulses into your diet!

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that's packed with flavor! {GF} @FlavortheMoment

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that’s as nutritious as it is delicious! {GF}

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided (plus more as needed)
  • 1 lb. turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces wild mushrooms, stemmed, halved and sliced (I used half cremini and half shitake)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • (1) 15 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils, rinsed and sorted through
  • (1) 15 ounce can reduced sodium white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the turkey sausage and saute until cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon olive oil, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook 3 minutes or until the onion is slightly softened.  Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until browned and the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes more.
  • Add herbs, tomatoes, and broth or water and scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add the sausage back to the pan along with the lentils and stir.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low.  Cover and cook 35-40 minutes until the lentils are cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Add the white beans and kale to the pan during the last 10 minutes of cooking time and stir.
  • Remove from heat and top with freshly grated parmesan and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Nutrition information has been calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only.  The numbers will change depending on brands used and substitutions that are made.
  • There will be some excess liquid in the pot when the dish is done, but it will be absorbed as the dish stands once it’s removed from heat.
  • Make this dish meatless by omitting sausage and adding an additional can of white beans if desired.
  • This dish is a great make-ahead meal is freezer friendly!

 

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1/6

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 376
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 888mg
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 35g

Tuscan Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Kale and Lentil Skillet is a rustic, comforting meal that's packed with flavor! {GF} @FlavortheMoment