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Foodie Friday: lentil ecstasy

“I’m going to make you lentil tacos for dinner.”

How do you respond to that? “Um, yay?” or maybe “Great! I just have to run a quick errand while you’re cooking . . .” as you furiously phone the pizza place, “I’ll take whatever you can have ready in 5 minutes!”

So when a friend kept raving about these lentil tacos I knew one day or another I’d have to face up to them. I love lentils. Once I even won a recipe contest using lentils.  And then lentil taco night was upon us. IT WAS A HIT! Not only did I go back for seconds, but if there actually had been any leftovers, I would have wanted them for lunch AND dinner the next day.

The recipe can be found at www.self.com. Adaptations: We just mixed sour cream and salsa for the sauce, completely nixing the chile and adobo sauce. You could use those and make it a lot spicier. Also, it’s super easy to make your own taco seasoning – it’s really just cumin and some other spices. Look around online for many suggestions or just try your own. Here’s the link and the recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 package (2.25 oz) taco seasoning
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped (use half for less heat)
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 8 taco shells
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat (2 percent) cheddar
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onion, garlic and salt until onion begins to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lentils and taco seasoning. Cook until spices are fragrant and lentils are dry, about 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Mix sour cream, chile and adobo sauce in a bowl. Uncover lentils and cook until mixture thickens, 6 to 8 minutes. Mash with a rubber spatula. Spoon 1/4 cup lentil mixture into each taco shell. Top with 2 heaping tsp sour cream mixture, lettuce, tomato and cheese.