When it is cold outside I don’t want to leave my house, and it was cold out there today! So, I stayed in, did some laundry, surfed the internet, looked over magazines and aggravated Grumpy. Well, I had to do something to liven my day! ;o) He wouldn’t know what to do with himself if I weren’t around here to aggravate him anyway, so I’m kind of obligated to do it. You know?!

I knew I could probably get away without making something else to go with our dinner if I was making what we call Lentil Stew. Grumpy likes it and he doesn’t complain that it is vegetarian. However, he did mention tonight he thought ham would be good in it. I’m turning a deaf ear to that though. I like my lentil stew just the way I make it. Meatless. Totally meatless.

HoneyB’s Lentil Stew

1 medium carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 bay leaf

Saute the above ingredients until softened. Then add:

2 cups uncooked lentils
4 cups water
4 cups vegetable broth (made with better than boullion vegetable base)
1-14.5 can diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Simmer until lentils are cooked, approximately 1 hour. If you wish, you can add more water to thin this out into more soup like consistency. We like to eat it a little thicker.