French cooking often gets a bad rap for being heavy and loaded with butter and cream. This stew, though, is a perfect example of just how wholesome French cooking—especially rustic French cooking—can be. Healthy lentils are stewed along with flavorful smoked sausage and vegetables. The result is a delicious, filling and yet still healthy dish. A side of crusty bread and a crisp green salad round out the meal perfectly.
You can use any type of smoked sausage in this dish that you like. Something like andouille adds a nice spicy kick. Or try Spanish-style chorizo or Portuguese linguica. The key is to use a sausage that is very flavorful. That way, you don’t need a lot to make your healthy lentils delectable.