Onion Soup with Lentils, Sausage, & Escarole
It's been a very chilly summer in New England and I have been craving onion soup to kill that chill. BUT, I wanted to avoid all the fat (cheese), bread, & excessive sodium that invariably comes with a good onion soup. Since I was going to cut out the best part (IMHO) of the onion soup, I really wanted a soup that had some body to it but would be low in calories and add much needed fiber, vitamins & minerals. This soup turned out very hearty and fully satisfied my craving. Although the sodium content isn't as low as I wanted it to be, I had to use up the box of beef broth that had been sitting in my cupboard. Next time I will look for a lower sodium broth. For those of you that aren't watching your sodium intake, you may find that you need to add more salt to the dish.
If measuring out all the seasonings is too much of a bother, you can use 1 tsp of Herbs du Provence. I misplaced my bottle so I used the other herbs in it's place (excluding rosemary because it isn't one of my favs).
This can easily be made into a vegetarian dish by substituting vegetable broth for the beef broth, two Morningstar Farms sausage links (or any other vegetarian "sausage" you prefer) for the turkey sausage.
For those of you that miss the cheese, try sprinkling on one or two tablespoons of grated parmesan. Just don't forget to include it in your daily nutrition calculations.
FYI, I couldn't find nutrtional info for Escarole. Since it is considered to be part of the endive family, I substituted endive when I calculated the nutritional values.Submitted by: RUBY214