Monday, November 7, 2011

Lentil Tacos

tonight for dinner, i was craving tacos. like taco bell, yellow cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce old school tacos. since i don't eat red meat, i was super excited to find this recipe for spiced lentil tacos.

amazing! delicious! and lentils are so good for you!

satisfied the craving and even my meat eating husband had great things to say about the dinner.

Preparing the lentils:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 package (2.25 ounce) taco seasoning (or if you prefer less sodium, 2 TB chili powder, 2 Tsp cumin, 1 Tsp coriander, dash of oregano
  • 3 cups vegetable broth

  • Toppings:

  • sour cream
  • 8 taco shells
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • shredded cheddar cheese

  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion, garlic and salt until onion begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lentils and seasonings. Cook until spices are fragrant and lentils are dry, about 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover lentils and cook until mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Mash with a rubber spatula (i didn't mash - i prefer a little texture). Spoon 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with sour cream, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and whatever else you can dream up.

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