The Best Lentil Dish Ever – with Chorizo, Harissa, and Shrimp

Lentils with Shrimp and Harissa

I would like to tell you about the day I’ve had.  It was a day that started out like every other day except for the small matter of an appointment for a physical in the afternoon. No big deal. Everyone should get poked and prodded in a medical sort of way at least once a year. Except…this is a big year for me. I’m turning 40 and apparently everything changes…again! Just when you think you know your body, it gets older and shifts a little here and there. Then you find yourself wondering just who that person is in the mirror looking back at you.

Everything checked out just fine but I now have to reschedule for blood tests and a mammogram (because I’m old) next week. I should have kept my mouth shut when the doctor said I was ‘only 39’ and so I had one more year until I had to put my girls through the torture machine (she didn’t say that, I’m just dramatic in nature). “Nope,” I said with a big stupid smile on my face…”I’ll be 40 next week!” The words were right out of my mouth before I could even think of the possible consequences. And now, here I am. I will wait until I’m 40 to book the appointment just for kicks.

So, the afternoon was a bit stressful. The evening got worse. There’s nothing like bringing your baby boy to his high school open house to add salt to old wounds. I never had any problems with any of the kids going to school before but for some reason the prospect of my baby being in high school next year really got to me.lentils1

The Lentil Combination that Takes the Cake

Is it a little bit presumptuous to entitle a blog post beginning with ‘The Best … Dish Ever’? I just really want to emphasize that this dish is perfect in every way. From the earthiness and texture of the Umbrian lentils, to the acidity of the San Marzano tomatoes, and the spice from the harissa and chorizo which was declared by my 16 year old to be ‘just perfect’.

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After the open house we all arrived back home absolutely starving. It was 9 pm and I was just finishing up cooking the shrimp so I couldn’t really tell if the boys enjoyed their dinner or not. It was over much too quickly for them to even lift their heads from their bowls to breathe, let alone grunt their approval. My daughter, who had eaten earlier, did pile on the compliments allowing me a tiny bit of solace in an otherwise trying day. This dish? It’s a bowl of comfort and you can’t go wrong serving it to finish off a rather crazy day.

Lentils with Chorizo Harissa and Shrimp

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Lentils with Chorizo Harissa and Shrimp

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  • GF
  • DF
Yes, you can have a super healthy dinner without sacrificing flavour!
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:35 mins
  • Serves:4
  • Freezable:No

Nutrition per portion

  • Calories 1386 Kj
  • Fat 11 g
  • Saturates 2 g
  • Protein 35 g
  • Carbs 19 g
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Salt 1029.73 mg
  • Fibre 7 g
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 chorizo sausage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes (I used San Marzanos..if you can find them this is the perfect recipe to highlight their flavour)
  • 2 x 400 g cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained (I had dried Umbrian lentils; they looked brown to me so I just cooked those separately until the were just about cooked)
  • 220 g jar roasted red capsicums, drained, sliced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) chicken stock or water
  • 500 g peeled shrimp (tails intact)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
Method
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and chorizo, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until the onion softens and the chorizo starts to crisp.
  2. Add garlic. Stir in harissa and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add tomatoes, lentils, capsicum and stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  4. Season the prawns with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add to the pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the prawns are just cooked through.
  5. Stir in the parsley,

9 comments

  1. Natalie Browne

    I’m always looking for new lentil recipes to try. This looks amazing!

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    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thank you Natalie. I think this one is going to become a regular on our table. So easy to make and very comforting. Let me know how it goes!

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  2. cathyandchucky

    I feel for you Bernice. It’s always hard when our babies go to high school. The dish looks divine! I had my mammogram last year so its all clear for me as it should be for you 😀

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  3. chef mimi

    I LOVE lentils, but this combination with chorizo and shrimp is absolutely dreamy! Have your knees started cracking yet?!!

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  4. Justine @ JustineCelina.com

    Great post, Bernice! Love the combo of ingredients — just pinned. I’ve been really into lentils lately and this is right up my alley!

    Also, if it’s any comfort, mammograms really aren’t that bad. I’ve had a couple and the thought of them is much worse than the actual mammogram itself. Also, happy early birthday! 🙂

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    1. dishnthekitchen

      Thanks for the pin! Yes…I still haven’t had one, I think my doctor is pretty lazy. I brought it up at my physical but she didn’t seem to keen on it. Next year I’ll insist.

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