I started eating lentils within the past couple of years once I decided to go plant based. I’ve since then discovered all the benefits, and now make some sort of lentil recipe at least every other week! This taco recipe is vegan, gluten free, and tastes better than a beef taco! – Well, to me anyway.
With this recipe you can get: 10 grams of protein, energy and better circulation from iron, and lowered cholesterol from the lentils. Vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene (glowing skin) from the tomato, phytonutrients and further cancer fighting properties from onion and garlic. You will also get B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium selenium and zinc from the romaine lettuce. I wonder how many nutrients you can get from a Taco Bell taco? hmmmm??
This is one nutrient dense taco, and it’s not too hard to make yourself!
- – 4 cups of green lentils
- – 5 chopped tomatoes
- – 1 white onion
- – 3 cloves garlic
- – 1 tsp chilli powder
- – 1 tsp adobo seasoning
- – 2 limes
- – chopped fresh cilantro, to taste
- – pinch of: thyme, sage, basil
- – vegan sour cream: I use Vegan Gourmet Brand
- – head of romaine lettuce
- – 1 tbsp coconut oil
- – cook the lentils, set them aside and cool
- – chop the onion, tomato and garlic and sautee in a pan in coconut oil
- – once onion is translucent, stir in with the lentils, and season with the chilli powder, adobo seasoning, and other seasonings, for about 7 minutes.
- – pull the leaves from the romaine head, and line one side of the inside of the leaf with the vegan sour cream.
- – fill the rest of the leaf with the lentil mixture, and serve!
You can pair these lentil tacos with a side of quinoa with black beans and corn for a complete Mexican fiesta meal! If you noticed that I added vegan sour cream in the ingredient list, you can make a home made version (recipe coming soon) or you can use Greek yogurt as a substitute (if you are not a strict vegan).
I can’t wait to share more of my lentil recipes with you, but I would also love to hear what lentil recipes are your favorites and what you cook up as well. Tweet me your favorite lentil recipes and I will round them all up in a future post.