This is the meal that I made Nate for Valentine’s day…because nothing says love like lentils.

Also because I didnt’ have any better ideas and I got a craving for something like this. I know this isn’t much to look at, but it tastes amazing!

We could have gone out to dinner but making something seemed a little more special.

I don’t think Valentine’s day really needs to be a meal any different than a regular dinner.

Dessert, on the other hand, must be either red, pink, or heart-shaped, but as you may remember, I had that covered!

P.S. Those biscuits you see…I totally cheated. They’re Pillsbury. Who doesn’t love Pillsbury biscuits?!

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Lentils with Sausage, Sweet Potatoes, Feta and Balsamic Dressing

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makes 5 very generous servings 

1 cup dry lentils
1 lb sweet italian turkey sausage
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/4″ cubes
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
s+p to taste
1 1/4 cups feta

Dressing:
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp olive oil

Rinse and drain lentils, then add to a 4 quart pot filled halfway with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 min or until lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain lentils and set aside.

Remove sausage from casings and heat in a large saucepan over med-high heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Stir until cooked through. Remove with slotted spoon to a bowl and set aside.

Add sweet potato to pan with sausage drippings and cook over med heat for 5 minutes.

Raise heat back to med-high, add 1 Tbsp oil, onions, carrots and celery and cook 5-10 minutes or until onion is soft.

Add sausage and lentils into veggies and stir until warm.

Mix dressing ingredients and pour over lentil mixture, tossing well.
Serve with a generous serving of feta sprinkled on each plate, or toss into lentil mixture if desired.

10 Comments

  1. Not gonna lie…I would have totally adored this on V-Day. Sweet potatoes AND feta? Sounds like an aphrodisiac to me!

  2. Sounds brilliantly good!

  3. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    You’re hilarious. Nothing does say love like lentils. It looks wonderful and I’m glad you had a great dinner together.

  4. Lentils usually aren’t pretty but the sweet potatoes and feta certainly dressed them up as far as I’m concerned. I also agree with you…I don’t think anyone would say they don’t like Pillsbury Grands biscuits. If I could make a scratch biscuit that had that many flakey layers, I would be rich.

  5. I didn’t realize that nothing said love like lentils… I have to keep that in mind! ;-). What an earthy, delicious looking dish. Have you been experimenting with a new camera setting? Very nice…

    • Thanks Kelly! No, it’s actually not my camera setting, but a different table/lamp setup. I think it’s working much better :)

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