This was a throw together quick stew I created one evening. It goes together in no time.
4-5 cups water
1 tablespoon beef bouillon (or vegetable, for a vegetarian/vegan option)
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon (beef) bacon drippings (or use Melt or your favorite butter substitute for vegetarian/vegan option)
1 1/2 cup dry lentils
1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen vegetables (I mixed peas, green beans, and sliced carrots)
Combine water over medium heat; add bouillon, seasonings, and lentils. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until lentils are about done – approximately 5-7 minutes. Add in bacon drippings, and vegetables and cook until vegetables are tender. Top with bacon crumbles as a garnish.