Texture Texture Texture. I have learned a lot about texture when it comes to eating plant based. Things that I used to eat came be simulated in plant form. I made a burger out of slabs of cauliflower yesterday. What? I know. Crazy!
This recipe was something I found on Pinterest. Myself and my friend decided to test it out. A friend of mine is on alternative break with some college students. She needed recipes that are vegan friends. I had recently been going through my pinterest entrees board and thought the Lentil Taco Salad recipe from veggieprimer would work. Everyone loves a taco.
I love testing out new recipes. I love it even more when I get calls from friends who want to test out plant based recipes with me. The ingredients are simple. I believe all I needed was lentils and taco seasoning. Both I got from the bulk foods section at my local market.
Prep time was easy. You pretty much pour everything into a rice cooker or instant pot and let it go. Check the recipe linked above for the exact instructions for rice cooker. Instant pot instructions below along with the edited recipe I used.
Below is what I used as I did add my own flair in for extra flavor.
- 1 cup brown lentils
- 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- ½ medium onion, chopped (I prefer red in this recipe. You can use sweet.)
- 1 tbs dried parsley
- 1 tbs taco seasoning (or more to taste)
- 1 tbs adobo seasoning (or more to taste) * this ingredient is not in the original recipe from the site I mentioned above*
- 1.5 cups water for Instant Pot users. 2 cups water for Rice Cooker users
- Rice Cooker or Instant Pot
- Blender, immersion or standing (You might be able to get away with some sort of masher)
- In the Instant Pot put all your ingredients listed above.
- Stir the ingredients
- Turn the knob on top to sealing
- Set your instant pot to manual 5 minutes higher pressure
- Once 5 mins is done you will do a 10 minute natural release
- Once 10 minutes is up move the knob on top to venting
- Use your immersion blender to give it a good pulse together. This part is not 100% necessary. I find that it helps the remaining liquid mush together with the mixture a bit more. You can always just stir and be done.
- Let sit to cool. Mixture will thicken a bit as it cools.
- Add to whatever you want. My top suggestions are tacos either in shell or bowl, pasta bowl, and lasagna.
In this instance I threw the meat on some roasted veggies along with other salad ingredients.
I used the left over roasted veggies and “meat” with some quinoa pasta. I got a text from my friend saying the “meat” was a success with the alternative break students. PINTEREST SUCCESS
Let me know if you try out! What did you add or take out?