My good friend Lainey recently told me about a new recipe she had found, lentil tacos.
I thought this sounded absolutely disgusting, but Lainey is pretty much a gourmet cook and we trust her food opinions, so we decided to give it a whirl. Neither one of us were looking forward to the night these were on the menu- we were sort of dreading dinner all day. But boy are we glad we tried them! They are delicious, and healthy, and cheap!
I didn’t even know what lentils were until the past year or so. They belong to the bean family and look like a very small, round bean- almost like if you used the bottom of a pencil eraser as a stamp. At around $2.00 a pound for the organic variety, they are much cheaper than meat- and much much cheaper than good quality meat! They are full of fiber, which makes you feel full longer. They can help lower your cholesterol. They have lots of folic acid, especially great if you’re pregnant. They give you significant amounts of iron, folate, and magnesium, and are a great source of protein. Overall, these little legumes are pretty awesome, and you’ll find them on plenty of lists of ‘Superfoods’ or ‘World’s Healthiest Foods’.
I had made a few things with lentils before and they were okay but not great- all the more reason I was so surprised when these tacos turned out to be fabulous. Wiggles loves them, but he is not a very picky eater. They taste so much like normal tacos that I would bet that any kid who likes tacos would like these- you could even probably pass them off as normal tacos. We’ve tried a few different ways to prepare them now- here’s my favorite:
- 1 small onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- Sunflower or olive oil
- 1 cup lentils, rinsed
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 2.5 cups liquid- water, broth, beer, or a mixture
Chop the onion and garlic and saute in the oil until soft and fragrant. Add the lentils and seasonings, stir and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the liquid and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook a bit longer. Mash the lentils to the desired consistency using a spoon, immersion blender, or food processor (I use food processor). Stir in salsa to taste.
From here, just serve like a normal taco! Don’t forget to dice an avocado on top!
Hope you guys love these as much as we do!