Before I got my beef delivery, I had planned on making a lentil stew. Well, since I still had a pound of ground in my refrigerator to use, I worked it into the recipe. This is what we came up with, and it turned out great. All the seasonings are just thrown in "to taste."
1 pound crumbled ground beef
finely chopped onion (I sneak it in because my little one thinks she doesn't like onion)
basil (I used quite a bit)
italian seasoning (not a lot)
chili powder (about a teaspoon was all)
cumin (just a few sprinkles)
coarsely ground black pepper
brown beef in slow cooker set on high for about an hour, breaking it up and stirring frequently
add shredded carrots
6-8 cups of water
2 cups lentils
Reduce heat to low and let cook about four to six hours. (I soaked up the small amount of excess grease from the top with a paper towel after simmering for a little while.) I added a little cornstarch and water to thicken it up a bit at the end. It's good just as a stew or served over rice. Nice and hearty for a cold, wet day.