I am celebrating!
What, you ask?
I have been vegan for a whole year, no biggie! Well it is a big deal actually, so it's a good thing that this super veggie lentil taco meat knows how to
My favorite uses for the super veggie lentil taco meat was on taco salads and in lettuce wrap tacos, but it is very versatile and adaptable and could be used in place of the premade "meat"' crumbles in many recipes. For Italian flavors, drop the chili powder, cumin, and lime juice and sub in basil, thyme, and sage. Like I said, these lentils know how to party.
I should also mention that this recipe is perfect for hiding certain veggies from the certain people who don't like them. I had not originally planned to partially blend the mixture, but decided to last minute when my mushroom-hating brother stopped by for a bite. Success! He did not detect the mushrooms, and I loved the resulting texture. I could not be happier with this winging-it, weeknight dinner (and the lunches that followed).
One year vegan and loving it. I can honestly say my life gets more delicious by the day!
Super Veggie Lentil Taco "Meat"
(makes about 3 cups)
1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 large bell pepper, chopped (any color)
1 cup sliced mushrooms (any kind)
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
2 ribs of celery, sliced
1-1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp lime juice
Heat 1/4 cup water in a large skillet. Saute onion for 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes. If the pan starts to dry up and the contents start sticking, add a tablespoon or two more of water. Add in the lentils, carrots, celery, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, bay leaf, and cayenne, and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium low and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the mixture starts drying out, add 1/4 cup water or broth.
Remove from heat and carefully drain off any extra liquid (a little bit of liquid is fine, excessive liquid is not desirable). Remove bay leaf and stir in tomato paste and lime juice. Transfer to food processor or blender and pulse a few times, until a crumbly texture is achieved--do not puree. Serve hot.
Makes six 1/2 cup servings, which could be used to make 12 tacos, 6 burritos, 6 taco salads, or 6 nacho platters.