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Money Matters: Lentil, Kielbasa, and Garlic Stew + Weekly Menu

I grew up on kielbasa, unbeknown to me. In my house, kielbasa was served with mustard and a side of Velveeta mac and cheese (bleck!). My mom would even remove the skin of the kielbasa for me…lord only knows why. Bless her heart.

In this dish, turkey kielbasa is flavored with garlic and served up with hearty, healthy lentils and plenty of vegetables to start the new year right.

Happy New Year, by the way!

After being raved about online and the 8 cloves of garlic the recipe called for, I could only assume we would enjoy this recipe. Though not the traditional black-eyed peas on this New Years Day, lentils are a close relative and something I would like to use more often in my kitchen.

A low-calorie, filling, and low-cost dish with lots of flavor to start 2012 off right. Here ya go!


Lentil, Kielbasa, and Garlic Stew adapted from Good Housekeeping by I Was Born to Cook, as seen on The Wanna Be Cook

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 lb turkey kielbasa, cut into bite size chunks
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups carrots, cut into small chunks
4 medium stalks celery, chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
2 cans (14 oz) low-sodium chicken broth
2 cans (14 oz) diced tomatoes
16 oz lentils, picked over and rinsed


Heat oil in a large pot, then add kielbasa. Cook until brown and then transfer to a plate.

Add onion, celery, and carrots to pot and cook until golden. Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add water, broth, tomatoes and lentils to pot and bring to boil. Reduce to medium-low and cook uncovered for about 40 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Stir in kielbasa and heat through. Serve. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 262 calories; 7.2 g. fat; 42 mg. cholesterol; 889 mg. sodium; 35.4 g. carbohydrate; 16.2 g. fiber; 28.2 g. protein

Result: This was a great dish packed with flavor and fiber. Lentils are inexpensive and loaded with nutrition. If you love garlic or kielbasa, this dish is perfect for you. Mr. Prevention gave this one a thumbs up, too…and that I wasn’t expecting! Enjoy!

Money Matters: The kielbasa is the most expensive ingredient, but I was able to find organic, nitrate-free turkey kielbasa for $3.99 for 12 ounces at Whole Foods ($0.33/ounce). I got 8 large onions for $3.99 at Cost Co ($0.50 each), and 1 bunch of celery (about 8 stalks) for $0.99. One pound of lentils is $1.19 at my Kroger and broth is on sale all the time for $0.60/can. The total cost of the recipe comes in at $14.o7 and the cost per serving, $1.41.


Weekly Menu: January 1st – 5th

Other than laundry and prepping for classes to being next week, there are no plans on today’s agenda. Uhhhmazing 🙂

Happy 2012,

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  1. January 1, 2012 / 10:27 am

    Okay, I think I definitely will make the buffalo chicken chowder – yum!

    Happy New Year Nicole! I am headed to Forest Park today to celebrate Christmas with my mom and my sisters family – should be fun!

  2. January 1, 2012 / 10:48 am

    That is so funny – we used to eat Kielbasa and Kraft Mac and cheese all the time. To this day, I cannot eat kielbasa or even think about it. Too traumatized from my youth!

    Happy New Years!

  3. January 1, 2012 / 11:16 am

    I think I’m a kielbasa virgin. I’m not sure…the garlic would probably kill me though!
    I hope you had a nice new year. We’ll have to get together soon!

  4. January 1, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    This looks excellent! It looks so hearty! YUM!
    Hope you had a fabulous New Years, Nicole!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. January 1, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    So glad you enjoyed it…we love this dish! I’m about to make our New Year’s lentils right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. January 1, 2012 / 5:49 pm

    Very, very Happy New Year Nicole. To you, Mr. P, Lily and all of your family. I wish all of you a healthy, happy and loving 2012.

  7. January 1, 2012 / 8:54 pm

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. The idea of garlic and kielbasa makes me swoon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. January 2, 2012 / 4:01 am

    Looks like you found a nice new years recipe. Have a good week! Can’t believe you are already back to teaching. I have 2 online courses starting this week, but my other one (and the one I am taking) start back up after MLK day. Good luck in the new semester!

  9. Jen
    January 5, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    Oh btw have you ever head of a diy veggie bullion? I read about it in The River Cottage Preserves cookbook (the television series is my fave!), but some bloggers have posted about their success with it. 101 cookbooks has a great post if you feel like checking it out. Homemade Bouillon Recipe

  10. Flora
    March 15, 2012 / 3:16 pm

    Made this a while back…..delicious! Thanks for posting. Am actually making it again today ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      March 15, 2012 / 3:51 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it – thank you!

  11. Natalie
    February 17, 2013 / 7:16 pm

    Unfortunately, where I live at least, that turkey kielbasa at Whole Foods has gotten up to over $6 per 12 oz :/ But I’d already gotten all the other ingredients for super cheap at the Asian grocery store so I bit the bullet on the kielbasa–it’s still under $3/serving.

  12. msig
    September 18, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    This looks delicious. Do you think this could be done in the crockpot and just left to cook all day?

    • Nicole, RD
      September 18, 2013 / 2:33 pm

      Hi! Great question…I actually -do- think this would do well in the crock pot. ๐Ÿ™‚

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