Dinner, Kid-Friendly, Lunch

Lentils with Plant-Based Sausage & Kale

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

TIP: Use whichever kind of kale and plant-based sausages you prefer. Also, feel free to switch out the lentils. Brown lentils are firmer and take an extra 6–8 minutes of cook time.

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  • 1 pound red lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock


  • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed, leaves torn into pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 6–8 plant-based sausages
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

TOPPINGS (optional)

  • Olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt
  • Lemon wedges


  • Deluxe Reversible Rack (Both Layers)
  • Ninja® Multi-Purpose Pan or 8-inch round baking pan
  • Step 1

    Place all Level 1 ingredients in the pot and stir to combine.

  • Step 2

    Place all Level 2 ingredients in a large bowl and toss until evenly coated. Place the kale in the Multi-Purpose Pan. Place the bottom layer of the Deluxe Reversible Rack in the lower position, place the pan on the rack, then place the rack in the pot.

  • Step 3

    Slide the Deluxe Layer through the lower layer’s handles. Coat the plant-based sausages with the oil, then place the sausages on the Deluxe Layer.

  • Step 4

    Close the lid and move slider to STEAMCRISP. Select STEAM & CRISP, set temperature to 340°F, and set time to 15 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display for approx. 15 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 5

    When cooking is complete, carefully remove entire rack with the plant-based sausages and pan.

  • Step 6

    Stir the lentils and serve with the sausages and kale. Garnish with olive oil, red pepper flakes, sea salt, and lemon wedges, if desired.