Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday’s!
So, I’ve been craving a lot of comfort food lately. I could blame it on the dreary January weather, or maybe the political climate…but whatever the cause, it’s not an automatic hall pass to the junk food aisle. As always, I try to stick with whole plant based foods. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good taco. Tacos are comforting. Maybe it’s the SoCal girl in me, making tacos a nostalgic option, or maybe it’s just that tacos are fun, so versatile, and incredibly YUMMY! We don’t limit tacos to Tuesday’s in this house, any day is a good day for an awesome taco!
I also LOVE a recipe that you can make from things in the pantry. Although I teach my health coaching clients to think through menus and plan in advance, sometimes things don’t go according to plan—–and THEN WHAT?? Vegan lentil taco meat with whatever you have on hand is what. The taco “meat” is made from simple pantry ingredients, and the rest is…..well, up to you! You can plan ahead and make sure you have ripe avocados on hand, along with something crunchy (carrots, cabbage, radishes….), something tasty like cilantro or scallions, make a fresh vegan sour cream or green goddess dressing to drizzle on top…..or you can wing it and use what you have—-they’ll be delicious either way, and naturally glutenfree and dairy free. What more could you ask for?
Sometimes we use corn tortillas for our tacos. I lightly char them on the stove for a bit of authenticity. Sometimes we use lettuce leaves for a wrap or endive or radicchio when we crave something with more of a bitter bite. Often I just throw it all in a bowl on top of arugula or lettuce and call it taco salad. Hubby likes his with corn chips…..hubby thinks everything tastes better with corn chips.
There is no shortage of recipes on my blog for lentils because there is no shortage of health benefits to eating lentils. They are relatively quick and easy to prepare, they readily absorb flavors from seasonings, they are high in nutritional value, low in calories and they have a great shelf life making them a wonderful pantry staple. I like the way I feel after eating lentils—-full of energy and no post meal food coma symptoms! This is because lentils are loaded with protein and fiber, helping to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels. Lentils come in many varieties and they are all good sources of copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, potassium and some of the B Vitamins, plus trace amounts of many minerals. You’ll get all of that, for very few calories and almost no fat. Talk about nutrient density!!
However you choose to enjoy lentil taco meat, know that you’ve made something equally nutritious and delicious…..not to mention comforting!