Sausage and Kale Lentil Soup

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If you were out shopping and the person in front of you was short less than a dollar, would you give them the change? Before you answer, let me tell you a story. I was at my local produce stand checking out the bargain section, when I noticed a few young adults (past clients). They engaged me in conversation. I hadn’t seen them in over three years. I applauded them for taking the wellness course I started in the group home to heart. Fast forward several minutes to when the beautiful blessed ethical issue arose. Standing next to me, one of the young adults was getting rung up. The cashier informed him his card was short 86 cents. My first thought was to hand him a dollar. After all, I hadn’t seen him in years (social work is full of grey areas). Instead, I looked at his items and made a few suggestions of things that he could put back. I also suggested he use his backpack to carry his groceries, as our city charges a quarter for each bag. He looked at me and said “Always teaching lessons…” What would you have done? Think it over as you enjoy this soup.

1 C. of lentils
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots peeled
3 scallions
2 cloves garlic
1 lid full Herb’n Farm Herb and Jerk
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, with juices
6 C. chicken broth
4 C. kale
Half of bunch of basil
1 Cajun bell pepper
1 bell pepper
1 spring of thyme
2 smoked sausages
1 bay leaf

Method: In a food processor; pulse scallion, garlic, carrots, celery, Cajun bell pepper, and bell pepper. Add to Dutch oven with oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients are fragrant and translucent (about five minutes). Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices), chicken broth, lentils, Herb’n Farm Herb, thyme spring, and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover partially, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the lentils are tender, 45-50 minutes. Fish out bay leaf and thyme and discard. Add kale and basil and let wilt for two to three minutes.

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8 Responses to Sausage and Kale Lentil Soup

  1. @vapor_sage says:

    Oh boy, I would like to think I would have the maturity and wisdom to provide an example of living within one’s means. I would more likely hand over the balance, so I could think well of myself by being generous and miss the fact that I may be enabling someone to rely on others for their needs/wants

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    • msw blog says:

      “I would more likely hand over the balance, so I could think well of myself by being generous …” I agree with you. I thought about this incident so much, that I brought it up to my students. I am sure if I didn’t know this young adult I would have handed them a dollar in a act of kindness, but this event now makes me realize there is a fine line between kindness and enabling…Thank you for reading

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  2. adguru101 says:

    One of my favorites for a chilly night. Yum!

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  3. can’t wait to make it! ( without sausage of course)!


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