Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vegan Lentil and Red Quinoa Tacos

I was pretty much winging it with these tacos. I am finding that lentils and red quinoa together act a lot like ground beef in terms of cooking and texture. I just threw a cup of lentils together with 1/2 cup of the quinoa and cooked for about 20 minutes. I didn't pay attention to the water level like I usually would because I knew I'd be draining it. When it was done, I drained it and set it aside. In a skillet, I sauteed some onions, peppers and tomatoes in a little bit of tomato sauce (about 1/4 cup), some vegetable broth (about 1/4 cup) and some taco spices (cumin, Mexican oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, ancho chili powder). Then I added the lentils and quinoa and cooked it until it was the consistency I wanted.

I heated some corn tortillas in a dry skillet and used the filling along with some shredded lettuce, avocados in lime juice, and cilantro.

I used brown lentils in this, but I think next time I might try it with the black lentils which I think are even more like ground beef in texture and shape when they cook. I like to use those in chili, especially.

Another thing to note about this is that I've been working on eating pretty much McDougall or Starch Solution. I do have some things around the house like Earth Balance and a multitude of nuts, etc. that I am working on whittling down, but this was one of the first times where I was attempting to make a meal that would start out with added oils and eliminate them. I would normally add a tablespoon of oil to the lentils (or any beans) and also at least a tablespoon to the sauteeing veggies. I would also spray the pan with oil when cooking tortillas. To top it off, I would probably use some sort of fatty cheese or sour cream substitute.

I did add avocado, but that is technically allowed and I definitely don't eat avocado every day. I'm trying to get these last 20 pounds off my body. I have been at a plateau for more than a year and just in the couple of months of doing Starch Solution (and not even "strictly"), I have dropped 9 pounds. I will talk more about that later, but just wanted to make mention of what's going on over here.

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