Super Lentil Veggie Tacos [Vegan + Bad Fat Free]

Who says taco nights only have to be on Tuesdays?

Secretly, I wish taco night was every night. Taco Monday, Taco Wednesday, Taco Sundays, Taco errrday. These hearty and nourishing tacos were made (on a Saturday) so that I was able to stuff as many tacos in my face without feeling guilty about it.

The trick to making a hearty meatless bunch of tacos is to choose dense ingredients that are deep and rich in flavor – and of course, satisfyingly filling. Think chickpeas, beans, lentils, avocados, sweet potatoes, organic quinoa….the possibilities are endless and delicious!! The goal when loading up your perfect taco is to create an interesting and tasty abundance of flavors and textures. By mixing these ingredients with savory spices and your favourite preservative free fresh salsa you’ll have a crave worthy taco for any night of the week. Not just Tuesdays! You can’t tell, but I’m already drooling.

These tacos are not only vegan, they’re also absolutely bad fat and cholesterol free (cause some fats are good for you) and so substantial that your tummy will thank you. Thought I can’t guarantee that you’ll stop at just eating one. 😉

Warm lentils simmered in crushed minced garlic pair so well with the tangy, mildly spiced salsa by Green Mountain Gringo. They’re salsa is non GMO, versatile and made with natural unprocessed clean ingredients. No sugars, artificial or funky stuff added. See for yourself here!

I chose to use brown lentils as the main base because they’re fulfilling (even for the meat eaters out there) and they offer a plethora of heart health nutrients and vitamins. Being “bad fat free”, these magical legumes also help to lower cholesterol since they contain high levels of soluble fibers. The (soluble and insoluble) dietary fibers found in lentils have also shown to help prevent constipation and other digestive disorders like IBS and diverticulitis. Lentils are also high in good protein, stabilize blood sugars and an excellent source of iron and energy (good carbs).

I’ll now leave you with the recipe of awesomeness. You’re welcome. Happy taco eating!

Green Gringo

What you’ll need:

1 cup of washed and drained whole brown lentils (try not to use canned lentils if you can)

1 medium yellow onion, minced

4-5 garlic cloves, crushed then minced

1/2 large bell pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp of chili powder

2 tsp of cumin powder

2.5 tsp of dried thyme

1/2 tsp of smoked paprika

1 tsp of oregano

Dash of cayenne pepper

1.5 cups of Green Mountain Gringo salsa (medium or hot – your call!)

1 tbsp of lime juice (or lime squeeze)

Heat 1/4 cup of filtered water in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions for a few minutes until nicely browned and softened. Stir in the minced garlic. Stir for 2 minutes. Throw in bell peppers and spices. Mix well. If the pan starts to dry up a bit, add a few more teaspoons of filtered water. Pour in salsa. Add the washed lentils and stir well to mix. Add enough water to cover the lentils. Bring the lentils to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and let lentils cook until they are very tender and fully cooked. Add more water if needed but no more than 1/2 cup at a time. Don’t add too much because you want the lentils to be hearty not liquid-y. Add in lime juice or squeeze one lime over mixture. Stir until well cooked and flavorful to taste. Remove from heat. Assemble organic taco corn shells with raw baby spinach (or any leafy greens of choice) and stuff desired amount of lentil mixture. Top with more salsa. Enjoy!

Summer is finally here in Toronto!  

tumblr_n65ilbrTwc1sn5lb0o1_1280We had an abundant amount of sunshine today and that called for one thing: an abundance of healthy food for lunch. My go-to ingredients are pretty basic: organic quinoa, steamed kale, baby spinach and some sort of seeds or nuts.  They’re nutritious, delicious and always leaves my insides satisfied. I always have these goods stocked in my kitchen, so when I’m not in the mood to make a meal creative or if I’m just pressed for time, I can always count on a super clean warm quinoa green salad to feed my soul. I’m always so grateful to see the beautiful colours in my food when I make this. You can say it’s pretty hearty. 

The dish I made today is simple. Nothing fancy and pretty much anyone can make it. I’ve posted similar quinoa dishes before so I thought I’d make this one a tiny bit more interestingespecially since I’m celebrating the new season. So to add life to my basic quinoa bowl, I paired it with a tasty effortless dressing that pretty much goes with anything. It’s easy to blend up with very simple ingredients, yet elevates the rather fundamental quality of the meal into something more appeasing. Plus, who doesn’t love to drench their food with yummy sauce?

Like I prefer most of my meals, this one is about 50% – 70% raw. The raw portion adds full enzymes to the dish that aids with digestion and gives dish a appetizing crunch. The only thing cooked here is the organic quinoa and the massaged kale is lightly steamed.

Light, flavourful, earthy and colorful – perfect for a summer lunch!

Toss all of these ingredients in a bowl or plate:

Half a cup of cooked organic white quinoa (pre washed and soaked)

1 cup of steamed chopped kale

2 cups of raw baby spinach

1/2 cup of diced raw red bell peppers

1/4 cup of fresh cilantro (get the real thing because it makes a difference with the taste!)

For the dressing:

Half a cup of raw shelled sunflower or pumpkin seeds (preferably soaked for 8 hours or overnight)

1.5 cloves of garlic

Knob of fresh ginger

1.5 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp of unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar or coconut nectar vinegar

2 teaspoons of lemon juice (squeezed)

1/2 cup of filtered water

Cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

Optional: a pinch of stevia if you want it to be a little sweet

In a food processor or high power blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse on high for a minute or so. Depending how “thick” you want it, slowly add the water and adjust to your desire. Season to taste. And enjoy with your awesome summer salad dish!

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