Another meal prep idea! Say whaaaa!?? It’s sausage, lentils, peppers… and avocado!… Mmmm.
This one’s my favorite so far because of how exciting it is! I’ve been creating a new meal plan idea so every few days I come up with something unique to keep my “healthy” eating less boring and this is the “least boring” so far.
I was browsing the “wall of meat” at the grocery store searching for turkey versions of anything and I found this smoked chicken sausage instead. The brand is called “Aidells” and the sausage I picked was Spicy Mango with Jalapeno; but they had other flavors I want to try too.
Anyway, I was really excited because this is high quality, low calorie sausage, and it wasn’t very expensive. It was actually on sale so I paid about $1.12 per sausage. 🙂 It’s the perfect thing to add to my meal prep.
But enough about smoked chicken sausages and aisle 5. Let me show you how I put this all together.
I began by boiling lentils for about 25-30 minutes.
I also blogged about my new found love for lentils which you can find HERE if you’re interested.
Then I seared the already cooked sausages in a medium skillet until they were charred.
Then I sauteed sliced bell peppers in salt and pepper until tender.
And lastly, I sliced up an avocado. To keep the avocado from browning you can either put lime juice on it, or wait to slice it until it’s time to eat! I prefer the latter…
Then I assembled the servings which made four meals for me.
Four fabulous, low calorie, low cost MEALS.
I did a cost and a calorie break down below to inspire you to TRY THIS! 🙂 Enjoy!
Chicken Sausage with Peppers and Lentils (low-cal meal prep)
- 1 package (4 links) Aidells Smoked Chicken Sausage ($4.50 on sale)
- 2 large Bell Peppers ($2.00)
- 1 Avocado ($1.00)
For the Lentils:
- 1 cup (8 ounces) dry Brown Lentils ($1.00)
- 1/2 Onion, layers separated
- 2 teaspoons minced Garlic
- 3 cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
In a medium saucepan, combine lentils with water, salt, onion and garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 25-30 minutes until lentils are tender. Drain immediately.
Lightly sear the chicken sausage and set aside. Then saute the sliced bell peppers and set aside.
Dividing each item evenly, assemble meal containers with cooked lentils, smoked sausage, sauteed bell peppers and sliced avocado.
Caloric equation for your reference:
1 Meal = 1 Aidells Chicken Sausage (170 cal.), 1/2 sauteed Bell Pepper (15 cal.), 1/4 Avocado (60 cal.), 2/3 cup prepared (w/onion & garlic) Lentils (150 cal.) = 395 Calories