Toronto has welcomed the gloomy weather. Summer is gone, 15C has become a warm afternoon. Everybody is looking their best in their fall clothing. Warm colors are everywhere and comfort food and cosy diner recipes are back! That’s right, let’s give a break to the blogging word with the summer salad recipes.
As sad as I am that summer was that short, we have to embrace fall and its beautiful colors. I wanted a bowl of something comforting, something warm to hold with both hands, a stew.
A sweet colleague at work gave me a crock pot, used just one for a potluck at the office. I was so exited of my new toy, yes TOY, I am a foodie and a new thing in my kitchen is my toy.
I have never own a crock pot but I was considering it. A lot of my entourage only swear by it in the winter and saying how wonderful it is since it does all the work.
ALL THE WORK? But I like the work in the kitchen! I really do :), call me crazy but it is my happy place what can I do. However… however, I am a Mom too and taking it easy on a week day is totally on the agenda!
I have been meaning to cook some lentils for a while and entering the fall is a perfect reason to get a boost of iron. I add some big Italian sausage (mild) from Costco and I do not enjoy them that much on the barbecue. In the crock pot, it was perfect, the skin was more tender.
I also added some 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben’s, it has a bunch of ancien grains, I love those. I have a thing for barley, you know. Some broth, some cumin and a few other ingredients build a perfect dish for a chilly night. The kids loved it!
Hold on there…
– Easy and simple
– Tasty and comforting
– Perfect for the whole family
I think we have a winner here! Try this easy, smell-my-kitchen perfect easy-peasy stew recipe!
If you want a vegetarian option, just skip the sausage and voila! Taste still amazing reheated… if you have any left over.
The cumin gave an perfect note of spice in the dish, the 7 grains were al dente and the lentils full of flavor with the broth.
- - 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- - 2 shallots, chopped
- - 1 cup of lentils
- - 1 cup of 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben's
- - 900ml of vegetable stock
- - 1 teaspoon of cumin
- - 1 teaspoon of salt
- - 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
- - 3 big mild Italian sausages
- - Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker
- - Stir well
- - Let it cook for 3 hours
- - Serve