I know what most of you are thinking…lentils? In tacos? No thanks! I thought the same thing too! I was reading a book with a mock meal plan in it and decided to try that meal plan…most everything else on the meal plan was…not good ha! BUT these were an exception!!!! Lentils are the third highest for protein in legumes and they don’t have the acidity that meat does. I love meat and I think meat is a great source of protein, but so are legumes!! AND they are usually cheaper!! I had never had lentils before, and now I am glad that they will be part of my meal planning in the future! These are so easy to make and very filling. I don’t think recipe blogs need a lot of intro so without further ado….
Lentil Tacos: Makes 8 tacos. Serving size-2 tacos.
1 cup dry brown lentils
olive oil for sauteing
1/2 cup chopped onion (I used some frozen chopped onions that I had)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Paprika
8 high fiber tortillas (I use whole wheat)
Optional fillings: Avocado, salsa, sour cream, cheese, cilantro etc.
- Prepare lentils according to package directions. You could also use steamed lentils and microwave them.
- Add onions, garlic and peppers to a large skillet that has been lightly coated with olive oil over medium heat. Saute until everything starts to soften.
- Add tomatoes, the cooked lentils and spices. Continue to saute for 3 minutes over medium heat until everything is evenly distributed.
- Assemble your tacos!!
This lentil mixture keeps for about a week and leftovers taste great! These are healthy all around!!!!