I decided to try to make Lentil Soup this afternoon with the help of my awesome husband.
I started by sauteing 7 strips of bacon (cut into small pieces) in a big pot until slightly cooked. Added 6 cups of water, 1 beef bullion cube, and 1 package of lentils. Once it started boiling, I added 2 tsp of thyme, 1/8 tsp of nutmeg, a couple dashes of black pepper and plenty of garlic powder (didn't have any fresh garlic). I chopped up a whole onion and added 1.5 cups of chopped carrots. Brought it to a boil and then simmered it.
My husband added some dashes of paprika, chili powder, Cajun seasoning, basil, oregano, and garlic salt. This is all to taste.
I simmered it for a good 40 minutes, and then another 20 minutes before serving.
This came out AMAZING!!! So delicious! It was a great science experiment, and look forward to experimenting more in the future!