ShelleyBakes has been feeling exceedingly lazy lately and keeps forgetting to snap pictures with her meals (unless they are incredibly fugly, in that case - she purposely forgets to take a picture of said stuff.). OK - wow, I'm going to stop referring to myself in third-person ... anyway - lucky for me, my buddy Deb sent me a couple recipes that are in her family's repertoire -- I love you as much as I love lentils Deb, and that's a lot. :)
2 cups lentils or 2 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, or a mix)
3 T butter (2 T if using meat)
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup ketchup or tomato sauce
½ cup water
2 T brown sugar
2 T lemon juice
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 T vinegar
½ tsp mustard (any kind – I usually use spicy brown)
For lentils: pick over, rinse, and put in pan with enough water to cover by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil and then simmer until tender (about ½ hour – 40 minutes). Drain.
For meat: brown in pan and drain.
Combine cooked lentils or meat in crock pot with rest of ingredients, mix, and cover. Cook on low 4+ hours. Serve on buns, over rice, with pasta with chips, in a tortilla, or whatever else you can think of. It can even just be eaten by itself!