Lentil Walnut Tacos

lentils tacos vegan meal vegan mexican food Dec 15, 2023

FODMAP rating: low
Servings 8 tacos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes (with pre-cooked lentils)

Quick, minimal-ingredient tacos are packed with plant protein, healthy fats and deliciousness!

Ingredients
2 cups cooked brown lentils (about 3/4 cup dry)
1 cup walnuts or sunflower seeds
3 tsp taco seasoning, add more to taste (or 1 tsp each of garlic powder, cumin, oregano, chili powder and 1/4 tsp salt)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
8 small corn or flour tortillas (the blend of corn and flour are also good, although they do have oil in them)
toppings of choice: avocado, salsa, cilantro, tomato, cashew queso, this cabbage slaw
Salad
Greens of choice (such as spring mix or shredded romaine lettuce)
Chopped tomatoes
Salsa
Guacamole
Tortilla chips
Vegan queso sauce (if desired)


Instructions
1.Cook lentils. Make sure lentils are well-drained by putting them in a colander. The drier they are, the more crumbly your taco "meat" will be.
2.Place the walnuts or sunflower seeds on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds until fragrant. Alternatively, toast them in a skillet on the stove. This step is optional, but toasting the nuts first brings out their flavor.
3.Put the walnuts in a food processor, pulse a few times until walnuts are coarse but not fine. Add all other ingredients and pulse lightly until all mixed together and the mixture resembles ground beef.
4.If you don't have a food processor, chop the walnuts finely. Stir together with lentils, tomato paste and spices.
5.To assemble taco salad, pour a generous amount of the lentil taco mixture onto salad greens. 6.Add guacamole, salsa, chopped cilantro, cashew queso, crushed tortilla chips.
7.To assemble tacos instead, warm up corn or flour tortillas (either toast on the stove or microwave a stack for 20 seconds). Let each person make their own taco by filling a tortilla with the taco "meat," topping with cabbage slaw, guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, green onions, cashew queso, salsa, or whatever strikes your taco fancy.

Gluten-Free (use corn tortillas)
Nut-Free (sub out walnuts for sunflower seeds)

 

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