Lentil Tacos

Yesterday at the grocery store, the checkout lady quite literally screamed/shrieked “what are you going to do with these items?” when my items rolled down the belt. She yelled it so loudly that the entire line behind me quickly glanced over to see what exactly I was buying.

“Salad,” I bluntly replied.

What items had her so excited, you ask?

1. Romaine lettuce
2. Trident gum (mint flavored)

Raise your hand if you are confused and/or wondering why those 2 items (and those 2 items only) could have possibly caused such a reaction from this particular checkout lady. What could she have possibly thought I was making? minty gum dressing over lettuce? gum and lettuce casserole?

Aside from salad and gum chewing, I did use some of the lettuce to garnish these lentil tacos.

I have about 20 different taco recipes already, but why stop there?

The world needs more good taco recipes. I’m just doing my part.

Email me if you have tips and/or suggestions on photographing tacos…

seriously…

Lentil Tacos
Source: a Couple Cooks (seriously check out this blog – it’s among my favorite favorite favorite blogs- amazing food)
Printable Recipe

1 1/4C brown lentils
1 red onion
2-3 cloves garlic
3 1/2T taco seasoning (see below for recipe)
1 1/2T ketchup
tortillas (whole-grain preferably)
toppings (salsa, lettuce, sour cream, tomato, shredded cheese, etc)

Bring 2C water to a boil. Add lentils, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft and most of the water has been absorbed.
Dice red onion and mince garlic. In a skillet, heat 1T olive oil. Add red onion and sauté for 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Turn off heat and add lentils.  Add in taco seasoning mix and ketchup. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Serve with tortillas and toppings to your liking.

Taco Seasoning
Source: a Couple Cooks
Printable Recipe

1T chili powder
1/2T ground cumin
1/2tsp paprika
1/2tsp kosher salt
3/4tsp black pepper
1/4tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion poder
1/4tsp dried oregano
1/8 to 1/4tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less depending on love of spice)

Mix all ingredients. Store. This makes enough for 1 lentil taco recipe. Certainly it can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled if you want to store some taco seasoning for a taco-crisis or something of that nature.

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