As much as I love this amazing weather we have been having (It is 6:00pm and 84 degrees!), it kind of stinks because most of the recipes I want to share with you are more Fall/Winter type of meals. Like soups and stews. But you know what? I'm going to share them anyway :)
I adapted this recipe from:
Start by cutting up your carrots and celery. The original recipe calls for just one carrot (shown above) and just one celery stalk. I thought that was crazy! There aren't many vegetables that I would eat raw so I have to get all my servings of vegetables in the form of being mixed in with the rest of my meal so I wasn't going to only use 1 little carrot and 1 puny celery stalk! That's just crazy!
So, I ended up using 3 of each. Much better. Actually, these pictures are from the first time I made this meal which was last week. I made this again on Sunday and that time I used even more veggies. I used 4 carrots and 4 celery stalks that time. Feel free to use as many as you want!
The rest of the ingredients: 32.oz of Vegetable Stock, 2 tablespoons of Veggie Oil, and 1 cup of Dried Lentils.
. . . and the seasonings: 1 teaspoon ground Cumin, 1 teaspoon Thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of Salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of Pepper.
Start by placing the 2 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil in a skillet. Add the Ground Beef. I used the entire package (which was more than one pound) of Laura's Lean Ground Beef. Add in 1 tablespoon of minced Garlic. Cook and stir until the meat is browned. Add the Cumin and Thyme and stir for about 1 minute.
While the Ground Beef is browning, put the remaining ingredients (vegetable broth, carrots, celery, lentils, salt and pepper) into a large pot over the stovetop.
Once the meat is browned, add it to the pot. Bring it to a boil and then reduce to medium heat and cover. Continue cooking for at least 20 minutes. I usually cook mine for at least a half hour. The thicker you want it (more stew-like), the longer you let it cook. If you want it to be more like a soup, then only cook it for about 15 minutes.
And that's it! It is very tasty and it will make your house smell SO good!
*Note: The original recipe said it would make 8 servings. However, the two times that I have made it it has only made 4 servings. I know Dave and I don't eat too large of servings to I think maybe the serving amount is off because I made mine more of a thick stew and maybe the original recipe maker made theirs into a soup. That's the only thing I can think of. If you make it like I did it will probably only make about 4 servings.